Dabhol Block I restart in mid-February

Vol 11, PW 15 (15 Nov 07) News in Brief

Dabhol Block I restart in mid-February: Ratnagiri Gas and Power, owner of the Dabhol power project in Maharashtra, has set mid February 2008 to restart the 670-MW Block I of its electricity plant.

Blocks II and III, totalling 1480-MW, are already generating power using R-LNG from the 1.5m tonnes contracted by Petronet-LNG from RasGas in July this year, which is transported as R-LNG through GAIL’s recently laid Dahej to Dabhol pipeline. Delay in the re-start of Block I is blamed on the late arrival of machinery and equipment to complete the project.

“All the necessary gadgets have been shipped and they are awaiting custom clearance,â€‌ we hear. “Non-availability of a berth for the ship is the main hurdle.

All the documentation is ready.â€‌ Separately, a review last week of Dabhol’s proposed 2.5m t/y LNG import and regassification facility uncovered incorrect and faulty pump settings as well as damaged insulation and perimeter valves.

Also incomplete are the unloading arms and the jetty for LNG tankers.