New Delhi (Sputnik): India received its first ever cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia on Monday under a long-term deal aimed at transforming the country into a gas-based economy.
India's Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan was present at the import terminal in Mumbai to receive the LNG cargo brought by state-owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd. from Russia's Gazprom. He termed the import as a big achievement.
"To bring Russia's Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in India is a big achievement in our energy roadmap. In next 20 years, $25 billion worth gas will come to India and nearly $1.5 billion worth of Liquefied natural gas (LNG) will be bought from Russia every year. It is a successful deal between India-Russia," Pradhan told media.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Pradhan said that the starting of LNG imports from Russia has added a new dimension to the Indo-Russian bilateral relations, particularly in the oil & gas sector. @PMOIndia @narendramodi @dpradhanbjp @PetroleumMin pic.twitter.com/CHi6OaduUV— GAIL (India) Limited (@gailindia) June 4, 2018
Sources told Sputnik that GAIL had to cut the purchase for the first year due to unavailability of customers and the deferral will now allow GAIL more time to find customers for the imported gas.
Earlier, the Narendra Modi-led government had successfully renegotiated the price of LNG with Qatar's RasGas and America's Exxon Mobil Corp. GAIL is also renegotiating contracts with America's Cheniere Energy (Sabine Terminal) and Dominion Energy Cove Point (DCP Terminal).
India is one of the world's largest consumers of energy and its companies are making the most of this position in order to bargain for cheaper imports.