Witness progress at H-Energy site in Jaigarh

Vol 20, PW 21 (13 Jul 17) Midstream & Downstream

Forget any doubts you might harbour about H-Energy's plan to deploy a 3m t/y to 4m t/y FSRU at Jaigarh in Maharashtra.

PETROWATCH was invited to Jaigarh to witness physical work in progress for the FSRU which an H-Energy source says it wants to commission by May 1, 2018. "It's difficult," he says, "but achievable." After driving to Jaigarh from Ratnagiri last week, passing through strict security and safety checks, our correspondent saw an under-construction jetty with piling work underway, barges and tugboats.

H-Energy later drove our correspondent onto the 700-metre breakwater. Wearing a high-visibility jacket, hard helmet and hard shoes, waves could be seen crashing against the breakwater, cited as a key advantage of using Jaigarh port.

"The sea is rough on one side," said our H-Energy source, "but calm as a lake on the other side where the FSRU will berth." In the weeks ahead H-Energy is planning to invite offers to lay a proposed 60-km R-LNG evacuation pipeline from Jaigarh to Dabhol. "We want to begin laying the pipeline in September, after the monsoon," he adds.

In May, H-Energy invited EoIs from pipeline laying contractors and will now begin the tender process with those who responded. Other companies not on the shortlist can also apply.

Last month (June) H-Energy awarded a contract to Ratnamani Metals and Tubes to supply 30-inch diameter pipe for the proposed pipeline by September.