HOUSTON (Reuters) – India’s leading gas importer Petronet LNG expects its liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports to rise by up to 15 percent this fiscal year from a year ago once an expansion at its largest terminal is completed, the company’s top official said on Thursday.

Natural gas is projected to double as a share of India’s energy mix by 2030 as oil-fired power plants convert to natgas, while pipelines are being built to expand the fuel’s use in the residential and transportation sectors. The pace of growth largely depends on how quickly gas infrastructure is completed, Indian energy officials have said.

Petronet’s LNG imports are expected to rise to around 22 million to 23 million tonnes per year (tpy) in the fiscal year ending

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