India's power projects drive boom in LNG import schemes

Qatar's Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Co. (Rasgas) started up the first train of its natural gas liquefaction plant at Ras Laffan in March 1999.Click here to enlarge imageIn recent years, the international energy industry seems to have awoken to the enormous potential of powerstarved India to consume natural gas.Key to the surge in gas-driven projects is the country's ninth 5-year plan (1997-2002), which calls for the construction of several gas-fired power plants. In many cases, plans call for importing the needed natural gas feed in liquefied form.In the short term, at least, gas imports are a necessity for India. Its exploration and production sector does not have the funds ne...

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