New Delhi: Petronet LNG Ltd, the nation's largest importer of liquid gas, on Tuesday said its Dahej import terminal in Gujarat has received 1,000th LNG cargo, a record.

"This feat was achieved by the company in a span of 9 years and 26 days which is a first for any LNG Terminal in the world with a single jetty operation," the company said in a press statement here.

Petronet operates a 10 million tonne LNG import terminal at Gujarat and is building 5 million tons per annum capacity facility at Kochi in Kerala by this year. Another similar capacity terminal is under implementation at Gangavaram in Andhra Pradesh.

To commemorate this achievement, the company organized a function at its Dahej liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, which was attended by Oil Secretary and PLL Chairman Vivek Rae and Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) Chairman and Managing Director Sudhir Vasudeva.

Ghanim A Al Shahwani, Head Sales at Qatar's RasGas, which is Petronet's biggest LNG supplier, was also present. RasGas supplies 7.5 million tonne a year of LNG on a long term contract.

PLL Managing Director & CEO A K Balyan said achievement of 1,000th cargo milestone has been achieved by some of the busiest terminals of the world in more than 18 years.

"Petronet has achieved this milestone in 9 years and 26 days and so far been able achieve send out of 62.76 million tons of LNG which is equivalent to 3096 million British thermal units," he said.

Rae said India being a developing country faces many issues concerning energy, food, ecological and defence security, though later three issues could be mitigated through internal efforts but energy is the most vulnerable one due to dependency on external factors.

He emphasized that we need to keep looking for new opportunities within and outside the country through exploration and development of energy assets.

(Agencies)

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