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Shell closes purchase of French firm Total's 26% stake in Hazira LNG

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Anglo-Dutch multinational Royal Dutch Shell's Indian arm on Wednesday said it has completed the acquisition of French major Total SA's 26 per cent stake in the company that operates the (LNG) terminal in

India, however, did not disclose the consideration involved in acquiring the stake in the five million tonnes per annum capacity in

"Shell B.V., a subsidiary of plc, announced today (Wednesday) that it has completed acquisition of 26 per cent equity interest in the LNG and Port venture in from Total Gaz Electricite Holdings France," a statement by said.

"This brings Shell's equity interest in the venture to 100 per cent".

According to Shell, the move allows the company to build an value chain consisting of supply from its global LNG portfolio, regasification at the Hazira facility, and downstream customer sales.

"It further enables Shell to contribute towards India's long-term need for more and cleaner energy solutions," the statement said.

Shell had in August 2018 announced the deal involving the and Port venture which comprises two companies -- that operates an LNG regasification terminal in and Hazira Port, which manages a direct berthing multi-cargo port at Hazira.

The move will allow Shell commercial and operational flexibility over Hazira to maximise integrated value and offer creative customer value propositions, the company said.

"Having commercial and operational flexibility over Hazira will further enable Shell to offer better customer value propositions and build a pan-gas business," the statement said.

Shell invested in the Hazira project 15 years ago, making it the single largest foreign direct investment for India in the at the time, it added.

Commenting on the development, Asia said in a statement: I am very proud that as a 100 per cent shareholder, we will now be able to utilise this great infrastructure asset to its full potential and help provide much needed gas to serve the growing of India."

Shell Energy India was established in 2017 to aggregate demand from downstream customers and secure competitive international supply to meet such demand, the company said.



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 18:10 IST