Indian liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports have climbed 22% month-on-month in May 2020, following a sharp decrease in April due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Kallanish Energy reports.
According to new figures from the Petroleum and Planning Analysis Cell of the Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, the country imported a total of 2.38 billion cubic meters (Bcm) last month.
The volume represents a 22% increase on LNG imports recorded in the month prior (1.95 Bcm) and a 0.5% year-on-year increase from 2.37 Bcm in May 2019. The monthly increase is attributed to lower demand from India for LNG imports due to Covid-19 preventative measures in April.
India’s natural gas import needs based on consumption grew to 51.8% during May this year, up from 47.1% during the same month last year.
In May the U.S.’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) warned that India’s future LNG imports will depend on its ability to complete connecting pipelines.
The country’s northwest region has highly developed infrastructure, but southern and eastern regions lack pipeline to move natural gas from coastal terminals to major demand centers further inland.
“The lack of pipeline infrastructure near LNG terminals is affecting both existing and planned LNG terminals,” the EIA said at the time.
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