Tractebel prepares DFR for LNG plant in Andamans

Vol 17, PW 14 (27 Feb 14) Midstream & Downstream

Belgian contractor Tractebel will submit a Detailed Feasibility Report end-March to Petronet-LNG for a small-scale 80,000 t/y to 100,000 t/y LNG terminal in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Tractebel has in turn hired Netherlands-based Royal Haskoning to carry out a feasibility study for the marine facilities, with a view to designing them as well. A Petronet-LNG team visited Port Blair, the capital of Indian union territory Andaman and Nicobar, on January 27 and 28 for discussions with Lieutenant Governor AK Singh on the details of the proposed terminal.

“Petronet-LNG indicated three possible locations for the jetty and onshore facilities," says a source. "Andaman authorities should approve one by end-February.

" The proposed terminal will come up on around 10 acres of land and will also include a 30-MW to 50-MW power station. Petronet-LNG plans to transport LNG to the Andaman terminal from its proposed 5m t/y terminal at Gangavaram on the Andhra Pradesh coast.

LNG will be loaded on to smaller ‘daughter’ tankers of between 10,000 and 15,000 cubic metre capacity for transport to the Andaman Islands, around 800 nautical miles east, where it will be unloaded for storage in an onshore tank and subsequent re-gasification. “Because the tankers will be of smaller capacity,” we are told, “the Andaman jetty will need a draft (water depth) of just eight metres.