The Royal Dutch Shell in The Hague. File picture: Jerry Lampen/AFP
Holand – Royal Dutch Shell planned to double the capacity of its liquefied natural gas import facility at Hazira on India’s west coast to 10 million tons a year, a top company executive said on Friday.

Shell, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell, owns a 74percent stake in Hazira, while Total Gaz Electricite France, a unit of France’s Total, holds the rest.

“We’ve done all the work, now it’s sort of taking a look at when is the right timing in terms of demand that’s available,” Nitin Prasad, chairperson of Shell Companies in India, said, without giving a timeline for the expansion.

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A government panel said in a report in April 2015 that Hazira would look to expand the capacity of its LNG terminal in the western state of Gujarat by 50 percent to 7.5 million tons per annum in the fiscal year to March 2017.