New Delhi : Petronet LNG Ltd, India's biggest buyer of liquefied natural gas, may receive additional cargos of the fuel from Qatar as the nation seeks to bridge shortages.

Petronet may get ten cargoes from Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Co every month compared with eight a month currently, Amitava Sengupta, executive director of finance at the New Delhi-based company, said.

The additional cargos would increase contracted volumes by 2.5 million metric tons a year to 7.5 million, he said by telephone.

The LNG importer doubled the annual capacity of its terminal last year to 10 million tons and may boost capacity to 15 million tons by 2012 to meet demand from fertiliser makers and power stations.

The first additional cargo may arrive at the Dahej terminal in Gujarat this weekend, Sengupta said.