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French-Indian partnership on floating LNG unit

French energy giant, GDF SUEZ appointed as strategic partner to develop a floating LNG import terminal in India

Agreement to build LNG terminal with 3.5 mtpa capacity

GDF SUEZ has been selected by Andhra Pradesh Gas Distribution Corporation (APGDC), as strategic partner for developing a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal project, on the East coast of India.

A feasibility study has been launched and is due to be completed by the end 2012, following a Final Investment Decision (FID). The commissioning date is expected in early 2014. This fast track solution will provide Andhra Pradesh with LNG to support its growth one of the strongest among all Indian states.

The import terminal would have a 3.5 mtpa envisaged capacity using a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU). GDF SUEZ would have a 26 per cent stake in the import terminal, with an access to equity regasification capacities. The expertise of the GDF SUEZ Group in LNG import projects development will be mobilised in the study and after FID if it is granted.

APGDC is a Joint Venture between GAIL GAS and APGIC (Andhra-Pradesh Gas Infrastructure Corporation). Gail is the largest gas transport and marketing company in India.

Jean-Marie Dauger, Executive Vice President GDF SUEZ, in charge of Global Gas & LNG business line said: “We are delighted to initiate this new partnership in India. This agreement is a recognition of GDF SUEZ expertise in LNG projects development. With a 10% stake in Petronet LNG Limited and a medium term LNG sales agreement signed in 2011, GDF SUEZ confirms that India, and more generally Asia, as a core development region for its LNG business”.

GDF SUEZ has been present in India's natural gas business since 1997, with a 10 per cent stake in Petronet LNG, the owner of LNG import terminals in Dahej and Kochi, currently under construction.

GDF SUEZ considers Asia as one of the core development region for its LNG business, with strong growth prospects and new supply potential. To support its development in this area, the Group is developing Bonaparte LNG, a two mtpa floating LNG project in Australia.

The Group has a recognised expertise in fast track LNG projects, with the implementation of Mejillones LNG import terminal, in less than 24 months. GDF SUEZ is one of the leading LNG players in the world and the main LNG importer in Europe. Its LNG portfolio of 16.5 MTPA, sourced from six countries, is the third one in the world. It operates a fleet of 17 LNG carriers and has a significant presence in regasification terminals around the world.

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