The United States of America has said that New Delhi is a key partner in promoting energy security goals. This statement came from the Trump administration a day after India received its first LNG cargo from the US. The LNG cargo is under a long-term supply deal between the two countries.
The contract between India's GAIL and US energy firm Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass included 3.5 million tonnes per annum of liquefied natural gas. The first project cargo arrived in Maharashtra, India on Friday.
The Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Tom Vajda has said that the US views India as a key partner in promoting shared strategic energy security goals regionally and globally. He also said that we are working closely with India to find policy and regulatory solutions to scale up investment in a diversified energy economy.
He also wrote in a State Department blog post that the partnership with India is a great example of all of the above approach to energy, which includes all energy sources like coal, oil, gas, nuclear and renewable energy sources.
"This LNG delivery is the first of many that will ship from Cove Point in Maryland and Sabine Pass in Louisiana as part of two 20-year contracts with India's Gail Limited," he said.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry also highlighted in a recent op-ed that US would be able to export more than 10 billion cubic feet of LNG per day to its friends and allies around the world, once six additional facilities currently under construction come online.
Vajda also said that American energy is central to its National Security Strategy. He said that exports of US services, energy resources, and technologies help partners in the diversification of their energy sources and this brings the economic gains back to the US.