Jindal retail LNG roadblock

Vol 15, PW 24 (14 Jun 12) News in Brief

Grand plans to begin retailing LNG by Vadodara-based Jindal Energy have been de-railed by the Nagpur-based Chief Controller of Explosives (CCE).

Jindal wants to sell LNG by transporting it in cylinders loaded on trucks to locations without gas pipeline access, where it could be re-gasified at LNG ‘hubs’. The CCE approved these plans initially but had a rethink.

“We don’t have many details yet on why but last month the CCE informed us that its certification is withdrawn,” says a Jindal source. “They are citing some technical issues.

” Jindal signed Heads of Agreement with Petronet-LNG in 2010 to source LNG from Dahej, which it wants to retail using cryogenic cylinders with capacities of 200, 450, 600 or 990-litres. Its first LNG hub was to come up by December 2012 at Sanand in Gujarat, from where it wanted to sell R-LNG to car manufacturers.

It also considered hubs at Waghodia, Bardoli and Surat. A CCE source refused to comment, saying it was a “policy review decision.