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Shri Tripathi of Gail awarded ‘Best LNG Executive Global Award’

LNG Industry,

Gail (India) Limited Chairman and Managing Director, Shri B. C. Tripathi, has been conferred the prestigious ‘Best LNG Executive Global Award’ for 2013 at CWC’s 14th World LNG Summit held in Paris. Shri Tripathi was recognised for his outstanding contribution in the development of the global LNG industry and in recognition of his leadership skills that have steered GAIL forward.

Accepting the award, Shri Tripathi said: “This award belongs to my people back home in my company GAIL in India, Houston and Singapore. It belongs to our suppliers, contractors, customers and industry partners like you who have reposed their faith in us and helped us to grow and move forward.”

He also expressed his sincere thanks to the Government of India, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, the Ministry of External Affairs and other governing bodies.

Elaborating on the company’s plans for the immediate future, Shri Tripathi said Gail had allocated 1 million tpa of LNG volume sourced from the US to its subsidiary Gail Global (Singapore) Pte. Ltd (GGSPL) for trading in the global market. This experience of global trading will help the branch to develop requisite skill sets and competence within the company and thereby expand the business in the global LNG market in a self-sustaining manner, he said.

GAIL opened its Singapore office in 2011 through GGSPL for sourcing natural gas and for trading in LNG and petrochemicals. Shri Tripathi also mentioned GAIL’s plans to venture into LNG shipping, to bring LNG volume from the US, to double the capacity of the Dabhol LNG terminal, to enter into upstream investment in Tanzania, and to set up a floating LNG regasification terminal in Andhra Pradesh along with GDF Suez and Shell.

He emphasised that going forward, innovative new business models are essential for the LNG industry in order to provide flexibility and security in supplies while reducing the total cost of LNG to consumers. He reiterated that GAIL would continue to promote regional cooperation among Asian buyers and create an Asian Gas Index so that LNG prices for Asia become synchronised with market prices.

Announcing the award amongst members of the global LNG fraternity during the ceremony, the organisers said: “Mr Tripathi has displayed global leadership by actively advocating and promoting the formation of an Asian Pricing Index for LNG and seeding for an Asian Cooperation Forum on gas and LNG. Both these initiatives have found extensive support in all of Asia and beyond. Just appointed for a further five year term, Mr Tripathi is a dynamic player in the global LNG industry and an active promoter of LNG usage in India.”

GAIL was the first Asian company to sign a long term LNG sales and purchase agreement (SPA) with Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC, USA in 2011 for the supply of 3.5 million tpa of LNG over 20 years. This agreement had price linkage with the Henry-Hub price index instead of Crude oil and signalled a new approach in gas pricing.

Building on this deal, GAIL signed a terminal service agreement with M/s Dominion Cove Point LNG LP for booking a 2.3 million tpa liquefaction capacity in the Cove Point liquefaction terminal in the US. The US subsidiary of GAIL contracted half of Dominion’s capacity for 20 years. GAIL also executed a long term gas SPA with Gazprom Marketing and Trading Singapore Ltd for the supply of 2.5 million tpa of LNG from its Shtokman production facilities over a period of 20 years.

GAIL signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with EDF Trading of the US for cooperation in the areas of North American upstream equity investments, gas supply to export facilities and LNG supply optimisation.

Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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