Petronet buys 26 percent stake in LNG vessel for Rs 100 crore

Petronet buys 26 percent stake in LNG vessel for Rs 100 crore

Petronet LNG LtdBSE 0.68 %, India’s largest liquefied natural gas importer, has bought a 26 percent stake in the shipping consortium that built its biggest LNG ship to transport gas form from Australia.

Petronet had in 2013 contracted Shipping Corp of India (SCI) and its Japanese partners to build and operate a 173,000 cubic meters capacity LNG ship.

The LNG vessel, ‘Prachi’, was delivered in December last year. After sea trials, the ship has delivered the first cargo of LNG from Gorgon project in Australia to Petronet’s Dahej import terminal in Gujarat.

“We have now decided to take 26 per cent equity in India LNG Transport Company (No 4) Private Limited,” Petronet Director (Finance) R K Garg said here.

Singapore-headquartered India LNG Transport Co (No 4) is the firm that won the time-charter contract from Petronet and got the 173,000 cubic meter vessel built at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd’s Ulsan shipyard in South Korea.

Garg said agreements for Petronet taking the equity have been executed and the consideration paid. “It (the money paid) is less than Rs 100 crore,” he said.

After this, state-owned SCI holds 26 per cent and NYK Line of Japan hold 26 per cent stake each in the company, while 22 per cent is held by Mitsui OSK Line and K Line.

‘Prachi’ is the fourth LNG vessel to be hired by Petronet. The earlier three are all deployed for ferrying LNG from Qatar.

SCI, K Line, NYK Line and MOL consortium had won the tender by quoting the lowest charter hire of a little over USD 78,000 per day for 19 years for hauling LNG from Gorgon. Read More…

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