HPCL wins GSPL pledge for R-LNG pipeline

Vol 17, PW 21 (05 Jun 14) News in Brief

HPCL has resolved a long-standing dilemma over how to evacuate R-LNG from its proposed 5m t/y Chhara LNG terminal in western Gujarat's Junagadh district.

GSPC’s gas transmission company Gujarat State Petronet (GSPL) has agreed to connect Chhara to its 2200-km state wide gas grid following a meeting with HPCL executive director HR Wate in Gandhinagar on May 22. "GSPL will now lay a pipeline to connect the terminal to the grid,” confirms a HPCL source.

HPCL’s original plan to lay a 30-inch diameter, 18.5 km pipeline to the gas grid is no longer needed, he adds. GSPL says it will need two years to lay the pipeline to Chhara from its gas pipeline network, which is already connected to two LNG terminals in south Gujarat – Dahej and Hazira.

HPCL and Mumbai-based infrastructure group Shapoorji Pallonji are setting up the Rs5411cr ($917m) Chhara terminal. “Future customers must pay transmission charges to GSPL,” says HPCL.