Dahej second jetty begins operations this month

Vol 17, PW 15 (13 Mar 14) Midstream & Downstream

Later this month (March) Petronet-LNG will begin berthing LNG tankers at its new Rs700cr ($115m) jetty built at the 10m t/y terminal at Dahej.

"Construction work is complete," confirms Petronet-LNG. "Our contractors (AFCONS and Toyo Engineering) are leaving the site.

" Petronet-LNG still awaits formal recognition by customs that the new jetty is a recognised landing point for LNG. "Only after this ‘notification’ can we set an exact date to begin using it.

” Petronet-LNG will first use the new jetty to receive cargoes for GSPC, which booked 2.25m t/y of Dahej capacity under an agreement signed in January 2013. Half of this (1.25m t/y) will come in at the new jetty, the rest will come in after Dahej capacity expands to 15m t/y in late 2016.

"We couldn't receive GSPC cargoes earlier due to capacity restraints," adds Petronet-LNG. Located 500 metres south of the first jetty, the second jetty can berth LNG tankers of all capacities, from older 80,000 cubic metre tankers to 216,000 cubic metre Q-Flex vessels to the newest 266,000 cubic metre Q-Max tankers.

“Our old jetty can also receive Q-Flex tankers," says Petronet-LNG. "But not during monsoon rains when the sea is rough.

” The new jetty can berth Q-Max tankers all year round as it has eight mooring dolphins, unlike five at the old jetty, in addition to more winches and better positioned manifolds.