Adani gets 4 replies for Dhamra pre-FEED

Vol 19, PW 11 (11 Feb 16) Midstream & Downstream

Despite widespread scepticism that the project will materialise Adani Energy is nonchalantly forging ahead with plans to set up a 5m t/y LNG terminal at Dhamra port in Orissa.

Four companies responded by February 6 to an Adani e-mail asking if they were interested in doing a pre-FEED concept study, among them Toyo Engineering, Technip, and Black & Veatch. Many are surprised Adani e-mailed EPC contractors rather than companies that specialise in pre-FEED studies.

Some wonder whether its gambit is to get EPC players to do the work cheap or even free, in the hope they will be favoured later in the multi-million dollar EPC tenders, which one source expects will now be issued by end-2017 or early 2018, pushed back from the earlier December 2015 target. Some EPC contractors chose not to respond, preferring to stick to their core business.

“We are not interested in this pre-FEED study from Adani,” says Spanish EPC contractor Sener. “We’re interested only in EPC jobs.

” Linde adds that Adani didn’t send it an e-mail. “Anyway we aren’t interested in such studies,” says Linde.

“We want to focus on EPC. I think Adani wants to gauge project interest only.

Whoever responded must think they are in with a good chance of winning the EPC tenders later.” Under the pre-FEED study Adani wants an infrastructure map or plot plan to build two tanks, regas facilities, pipelines and a jetty.