A day after India received its first LNG
cargo from the US under a long-term supply deal, the Trump administration has
said that New Delhi is a key partner in promoting its strategic energy security
GAIL India has contracted 3.5 million
tonnes per annum of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from US energy firm Cheniere Energy's
Sabine Pass liquefaction facility in Louisiana. The first cargo from the
project arrived at Dabhol in Maharashtra on Friday.
"The US views India as a key partner
in promoting our shared strategic energy security goals regionally and
globally, and we are working closely with India to find policy and regulatory
solutions to scale up investment for a diversified energy economy,"said
Tom Vajda, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia.
"Our partnership with India on energy
is a great example of the US' 'all of the above' approach to energy, which
includes traditional sources like coal, oil, and gas, as well as renewable and
nuclear," Vajda wrote in a State department blog post.
"This LNG delivery is the first of
many that will ship from Cove Point in Maryland and Sabine Pass in Louisiana as
part of two 20-year contracts with India's Gail Limited," he said.
As Energy Secretary Rick Perry highlighted
in a recent op-ed, once six additional facilities currently under construction
come online, the US will be able to export more than 10 billion cubic feet of
LNG per day to its friends and allies around the world.
Vajda said American energy is central to
its National Security Strategy, which notes that "exports of our energy
resources, technologies, and services help our allies and partners diversify
their energy sources and brings economic gains back home."
"In other words, by
leveraging the US' abundant energy resources, we stimulate our own economy
while also helping key countries become more stable, prosperous, and energy
secure," Vajda added.