Public sector gas utility GAIL (India) Ltd is planning to import 5 million tonnes for the Ratnagiri liquefied natural gas terminal.
The company is currently in discussions with Algeria and Nigeria on the issue. Ratnagiri LNG terminal is expected to be commissioned by mid-2007.
In Algeria, the company is negotiating with Sonatrach, while in Nigeria, it is talking to a Government firm. A senior GAIL executive said, "The company is in talks with both the countries for long-term LNG deals of 2.5 million tonnes each, with supplies beginning from 2009."
However, 1.2 million tonnes of LNG for the Dhabol power plant would be made available by February 2007.
In the interim period till long term supplies become available, GAIL will be using re-gassified LNG supplied by Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL) from Dahej terminal in Gujarat to fuel the power plant of its joint venture Ratnagiri Gas and Power Pvt Ltd, formerly Dabhol Power Company. PLL is expected to source 1.2 million tonnes of LNG from Qatar.
The re-gassified LNG from Dahej is to be transported to Ratnagiri terminal via a new Dahej-Uran-Ratnagiri pipeline under constructing by GAIL. The pipeline is scheduled to be made operational by March 2007, when the gas will help to revive the 2,140 MW power plant, he said.