Huge breakwater plan for Chhara LNG terminal

Vol 19, PW 8 (17 Dec 15) Midstream & Downstream

More details are emerging from the tight-lipped Shapoorji Pallonji (SP) and HPCL consortium about its proposed 5m t/y Chhara LNG terminal in Gujarat.

PETROWATCH learns from SP sources that group company Simar Port is planning one of the longest breakwaters in India at 4956 metres. In the first phase it will be 1700 metres long later extended by 3256 metres to 4956 metres.

Our source adds the total cost of constructing the 'rubble mound' and 'island type' breakwater to the south of the LNG unloading jetty will be Rs1110.62cr ($166m). Simar received environmental clearance to set up the initial 1700 metre breakwater on January 6, 2014 but needs fresh environment and CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone) clearances to increase the length.

An application for the extension was submitted on January 8, 2014 and the ministry granted the ToR (Terms of Reference) on June 18, 2014. Chhara is a deep draft, direct berthing all weather port with a 'shoal' or submerged sandbank 2.5-km from the shore, acting as a natural breakwater.

Berthing water depths are 20 metres - enough to receive a large-sized LNG vessel. "We don't want to take any chances," adds a consortium source.

"So the breakwater will extend south of the jetty to provide good conditions for safe berthing and LNG unloading."