HPCL receives TOR for LNG terminal at Chhara

Vol 17, PW 24 (17 Jul 14) News in Brief

HPCL received crucial Terms of Reference from the environment ministry on June 13 for its proposed 5m t/y Chhara LNG terminal in Gujarat's Junagadh district.

This is the first step to environmental clearance for the Rs5411cr ($917m) project. “We are now doing the EIA and geotechnical studies,” confirms a company source.

“Once we complete and submit the report we'll apply for public hearing dates.” In the EIA report, HPCL must submit details of the HAZOP (hazard and operability) analysis, project layout, connectivity and carrying capacity of pipelines and safety compliance.

Engineers India confirms it is preparing the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED), which it should complete by December. “Once the FEED is completed, we'll begin issuing tenders to hire a Project Management Consultant and EPC contractors,” adds our HPCL source.

HPCL formed a JV with Mumbai-based Shapoorji Pallonji on July 31, 2013 to develop the LNG project.