India’s first LNG Cargo from USA under long term contract of GAIL (India) Limited was received at Dabhol. This marks a new beginning in the Indo-USA energy partnership and trade. Commencement of LNG supplies under the Henry Hub indexed contracts is significant for GAIL and the Indian markets as well. GAIL’s first charter hired vessel – MV Meridian Spirit, arrived after 25 days voyage and docked for unloading in the august presence of Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Union Minister Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. Patrick Santillo, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, US Embassy and B C Tripathi, CMD, GAIL were also present on this momentous occasion.
Dharmendra Pradhan said that the government was working towards making India a gas based economy. He added that the arrival of the first LNG cargo from US was a significant milestone in the direction of realising adequate availability of natural gas through imports from diversified sources.