RFP for Kochi and Dahej expansion ready this month

Vol 9, PW 2 (04 May 05) News in Brief

Contractors interested in bidding for the Dahej LNG terminal expansion and the new Kochi LNG terminal will most likely receive Request for Proposal documents sometime this week.

Petronet-LNG had originally planned to send the RFP documents at the end of March but postponed this by a month. The delay is attributed to a fresh set of drawings required for the two LNG storage tanks at Kochi.

Originally the plan was to have just half the storage capacity at Dahej. Now both tanks at Kochi will handle 5m t/y LNG, a Petronet-LNG source tells us.

This is the same as present capacity at Dahej. The decision to double capacity of the tanks at Kochi follows a CRISIL report that forecasts rising gas demand in the southern Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu after 2010.

Petronet-LNG is also doubling capacity at Dahej to 10m t/y and is in talks for another two LNG tankers for each terminal.