The first liquefied
natural gas (LNG) shipment from the US state of Texas will reach India within a
week to provide a thrust to the country's move towards a gas economy, Petroleum
Pradhan said on Wednesday 28 March 2018.
Briefing reporters following a meeting here with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who is in India on an
eight-day visit, Pradhan said: "The first consignment of natural gas from
Texas, of a 9-million tonne LNG long-term contract, will reach Dabhol in
Maharashtra in early April."
To a query on India entering into more such long-term contracts for import of
the clean fuel, Pradhan said this would depend on the increase in the country's
"After all, 9 million tonnes is not a small amount. We are adding to our
infrastructure in terms of pipelines, regasification capacity, LNG
terminals...," he said.
Texas -- the American oil and gas industry hub -- has also sent its first oil
shipment to India that is due to arrive soon, Abbot said.
"Texas has more LNG export facilities now and we will also be adding to
our oil export facilities," he said.
"Texas is a willing partner to provide oil and gas to satisfy the energy
needs of India, which is the most prolific economy in the world," Abbot
Lauding the contribution of the growing Indian-origin population of Texas to
its economy and culture, Abbot said he is the first Governor of the state to
have started Diwali celebrations at his official residence.