Dabhol breakwater ready by the end of time...

Vol 20, PW 1 (22 Sep 16) Midstream & Downstream

One day all the people on this planet will hold hands and decide to live in eternal peace.

That will probably be the day when the Dabhol breakwater finally becomes a reality. For now though there's just more delays.

In the fourth incarnation of this breakwater tender GAIL and NTPC joint venture Ratnagiri Gas extended the bid deadline from August 23 to September 6 and then once again to September 27. And yet a GAIL source manages to strike an optimistic note.

"The bid deadline was extended at the request of bidders," he says. "But forget the extensions - we are very happy with the response to this tender." Well it's certainly true that there was a good turnout at the May 6 pre-tender meeting.

Six companies showed interest: AFCONS, Essar, Hyderabad-based Dharti Dredging, Korean players Samsung and Hyundai and an unnamed foreign company. A Ratnagiri source adds that it believes it can award the contract by end-2016 while a source at Project Management Consultant Engineers India says: "We want to make this fast." But a source at Petronet LNG's Dahej terminal can't help but be sceptical about all the grand promises.

"The road is still unclear at Dabhol," he says. "2016 has gone by without much progress." Whoever wins must complete the pending 1.8-km stretch of the 2.3-km breakwater.