LNG Journal editor
The Indian Hiranandani group said a floating storage and regasification import project at Jaigarh port, south of the West Coast city of Mumbai, is on scheduled to start commercial operations by the fourth quarter of 2019, a year behind schedule.
Chief Executive Darshan Hiranandani told an energy conference in Singapore that the floating storage and regasification unit would have additional infrastructure, including a pipeline of 60 kilometres.
The group's H-Energy subsidiary will operate the terminal with annual capacity of 4 million tonnes per annum of LNG and with re-loading capabilities.
The FSRU charter is being finalized by H-Energy for a period of five years and the ship will arrive at the LNG jetty at Jaigarh just before the start-up.
Most of the onshore infrastructure work has almost been completed by Engineers India Ltd (EIL), a project construction company.
H-Energy said the West Coast facility would be of great benefit to Maharashtra state by providing clean fuel for transportation and for city-gas use.
“The LNG terminal will offer storage, regasification, re-loading, bunkering and truck-loading facilities to cater to the growing energy demand of Indian industries,” said the company.
When operational, the regasified LNG will be supplied to customers through the pipeline connected to national gas grids at Dabhol.
The facility in the state of Maharashtra would be the fifth LNG import terminal located near Mumbai, with three of them located at Hazira, Dahej and Dabhol for use by importers Shell, Petronet LNG and Gas Authority of India respectively. A fourth is mechanically completed at Mundra. It is owned by Gujarat State Petroleum and the Adani Group, though has yet to be fully commissioned.
However, there is only one LNG terminal for the whole East Coast of India with about half-a-dozen others planned.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first East Coast facility in March 2019 at Kamarajar Port in Tamil Nadu.
The Kamarajar facility is owned by Indian Oil Corp., the refining and fuel marketing company, and has 5 MTPA of import capacity and two tanks each with storage of 180,000 cubic metres.