Vol 15, PW 7 (06 Oct 11) News in Brief

Fertiliser producer KRIBHCO could soon be looking for an additional 800,000 cm/d of R-LNG to use as ‘feedstock’ at its Hazira urea factory in Gujarat.

PETROWATCH learns KRIBHCO expects to complete work by December this year to increase urea production capacity at the Hazira factory from 1.73m t/y to 2m t/y, by ‘de-bottlenecking.’ At present, KRIBHCO Hazira uses 3.8m cm/d of gas.

Of this, 1.37m cm/d is D6 gas while the rest is sourced from ONGC’s Mumbai High oil and gasfields and the Panna, Mukta and Tapti fields. KRIBHCO also receives R-LNG from Petronet-LNG’s Dahej LNG terminal in Gujarat.

But the urea factory’s gas demand will increase by 800,000 cm/d after the expansion project is completed. Most likely, KRIBHCO must source R-LNG supplies to plug this gap, as no further D6 gas allocations seem imminent.

“But we are still hoping for D6 gas,” says a company source. “We could also source gas from ONGC marginal fields in Gujarat and offshore Mumbai.