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India's H-Energy to start west coast LNG terminal operations

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Reuters reports that India’s H-Energy Pvt Ltd, a unit of real estate group Hiranandani, will start operations at its LNG terminal in the western Maharashtra state by May 2018.

India plans to raise the share of natural gas in its energy mix to 15% in three years from the current 6.5%, according to a plan set out by the government.

H-Energy has invested US$261 million to build its 4 million tpy regassification terminal near the Jaigarh port in the state.

“We have already laid a 60 kilometre pipeline connecting our plant to the Jaigarh port,” Darshan Hiranandani said, adding his firm would initially import spot cargoes to make the super cooled fuel affordable to price sensitive Indian customers.

H-Energy is among the three companies in India which will be adding LNG capacity to a gas-hungry nation in 2018. The other two projects are a 5 million tpy terminal at Ennore on the eastern coast and a 5 million tpy terminal at Mundra in Gujarat in the west.

H-Energy is also building another LNG terminal off the coast of Kolkata in the Bay of Bengal. The construction for that 2 million tpy plant will begin next year, according to Hiranandani.

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