Shell to double Hazira LNG plant capacity

A top official of Royal Dutch Shell Plc has said the company is planning to double the capacity of its liquefied natural gas import facility at Hazira on India’s west coast to 10 million tonnes a year.

Speaking to Reuters, Nitin Prasad, chairman of Shell Companies in India said, “We’ve done all the work, now it’s sort of taking a look at when is the right timing in terms of demand that’s available.”

Shell Gas B.V, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, owns a 74 percent stake in Hazira LNG Ltd, while Total Gaz Electricite France, a unit of France’s Total SA, holds the rest.

It may be recalled that in its report in April 2015, a government panel said that Hazira LNG will look to expand the capacity of its LNG terminal in the western state of Gujarat by 50 percent to 7.5 million tonnes per annum in the fiscal year to March 2017.

On Friday, Shell inaugurated a new technology centre in Bengaluru, aimd at expanding the company’s research and development activities in Asia.

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