Slow but steady Ennore LNG terminal progress

Vol 19, PW 15 (07 Apr 16) Midstream & Downstream

Of the three LNG terminals proposed in southern India - Gangavaram, Kakinada and Ennore - work has only actually begun at IndianOil's 5m t/y Ennore terminal where day to day construction activity is picking up pace.

Nearly 400 workers are working in shifts to carry out civil work at the terminal site. Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Indian partner Punj LLoyd are building two tanks which can each store 180,000 cubic metres of LNG; Black and Veatch with partner KazStroyService (India) is building regasification facilities.

Construction work is being supervised by Project Management Consultant Foster Wheeler and it looks like the terminal is on track for 2018 completion. "Work is on schedule," reports an IOC source on April 5.

"Mitsubishi has begun leveling the land and carrying out piling work (to set up the foundation) for the LNG tanks. It can take a few months." he adds Mitsubishi will begin building the walls of the tanks in four months.

Black and Veatch is also busy carrying out civil work at the terminal site and is leveling land where the equipment to regasify LNG will be installed. "Black and Veatch is also simultaneously carrying out detailed engineering," we hear.

"It will begin mobilising equipment in the next six months." IOC hired MHI on June 29, 2015 under a $167m contract; Black and Veatch was hired for the regassification contract on July 9, 2015 for $227m.