Media reports suggest that Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) identified Chhara in Gujarat’s Junagadh district to set up a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in a joint venture with SP Ports, a unit of Shapoorji Pallonji Group.
The Rs 5,000 crore terminal project would be executed by both the firms through a 50:50 joint venture, reports indicate.
The 5 million tonne per annum capacity LNG import and regasification terminal would come near a port project proposed by SP Ports. SP Ports is developing a greenfield, all weather, direct berthing port in Junagadh district. The port is connected to a gas pipeline grid and evacuation of the fuel would not be an issue.
Both the firms are reportedly carrying out a detailed feasibility study for establishing technical and commercial viability for the project.
India has three operational LNG import facilities — a 10 million tonne unit at Dahej operated by Petronet LNG (PLL); a 3.6 million tonne terminal of Shell-Total at Hazira in Gujarat, and a just commissioned 5 million tonnes facility at Dahbol in Maharashtra. This year, a similar capacity import facility will come up at Kochi in Kerala.
Currently, both PLL’s terminal at Dahej, and Shell-Total’s terminal at Hazira in Gujarat are under expansion to 15 million tonne and 5 million tonne capacity, respectively. Even Dabhol is proposed to be expanded to 10 million tonne.