Dahej second jetty for more tankers within two years

Vol 11, PW 20 (21 Feb 08) Midstream & Downstream

Within two years the LNG import terminal at Dahej in Gujarat will have a second jetty to accommodate larger LNG tankers and give operator Petronet-LNG more flexibility in operations.

PETROWATCH learns that by the end of this month Petronet-LNG will receive a detailed project report from two overseas consultants for the second jetty and associated facilities. “The project report will be based on inputs provided by our marine consultant HR Wallingford on the number of mooring and breasting dolphins required for this jetty,â€‌ confirms a senior Petronet-LNG source.

“Concept wise, the second jetty is almost the same as the first jetty: the trestle will be 2.4-km out to sea and there will be four LNG unloading arms.â€‌ Once Petronet-LNG management approves the project report, a bid package will be drawn up and a tender issued by the end of March.

But the second jetty will be 500 metres away from the first one, to the south, in line with globally accepted safety parameters. “Only after we get the detailed project report will we be able to have an idea of the cost of this jetty,â€‌ we hear.

If everything goes to schedule, Petronet-LNG wants to start construction work around September after this year’s monsoon and have the jetty operational within 18 months. Petronet-LNG sees the second jetty mainly as a “standby arrangementâ€‌ to give it more flexibility and accommodate large sized LNG tankers at Dahej, should the need arise.

“Sometimes when a few cargoes of spot LNG become suddenly available at a good price,â€‌ adds Petronet-LNG, “we can bring them in without disrupting the schedule of our long-term cargoes.â€‌ The new jetty will also be able to feed the two new onshore LNG storage tanks – each of 165,000 cubic metres capacity - that Petronet-LNG is building at Dahej under its capacity doubling to 10m t/y.

Expect the third tank to be commissioned by November 9 this year and the fourth by January 8 next year.