NEW PROJECT - ONGC gas plant at Thane

Vol 16, PW 20 (02 May 13) Midstream & Downstream

ONGC is planning to invest Rs4546cr ($900m) to set up a new 10m cm/d gas processing plant at Kelwa-Mahim village in the Palghar area of Thane in Maharashtra.

PETROWATCH learns ONGC will float a FEED tender on the proposed plant before December this year. ONGC is in talks with farmers to secure 765-hectares of land.

“Land acquisition will take another six months,” says a source. ONGC received project Terms of Reference from the environment ministry on April 4 enabling it to start an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study, which it will contract out.

Next will follow a public hearing to see if there are any objections to the project and then ONGC will apply for environment ministry clearance. This whole process should take six months, after which ONGC will hire a consultant for the FEED study and may appoint Engineers India as its Project Management Consultant (PMC).

"It generally takes 36 to 48 months to set up such a facility,” we learn. ONGC plans to commission the gas processing plant by end-2016 to handle gas from ONGC's offshore Tapti-Daman block, which includes the B-12 and C-24 discovery areas, together expected to produce 9.11m cm/d of gas along with 8000b/d of condensate.

Rich gas, with higher compounds like ethane, propane, butane, pentane, hexane, and heptane, will be treated at the processing plant to produce lean gas, mainly methane and LPG. Condensate will be treated to produce naphtha, kerosene and diesel.

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