(EnergyAsia, August 27 2013, Tuesday) — India’s main gas importer, Petronet LNG Ltd, has started up its long-awaited second import terminal in Kerala state with the receipt of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from Qatar.

Qatar’s RasGas, , which is also supplying LNG to Petronet’s other terminal at Dahej in Gujarat state, delivered the 123,000-cubic metre cargo earlier this month to mark the start-up of the 42 billion rupee terminal at Kochi port. (US$1=60 rupees).

Petronet said it will operate the five-million-tonne terminal at less than 10% of capacity as pipelines linking it to customers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu states are still under construction. Also, the two main LNG buyers from the Kochi terminal, Bharat Petroleum’s Kochi refinery and the Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore Limited have yet to fully convert their plants to use natural gas.