India's 5th LNG terminal prepares for take-off

Vol 20, PW 22 (27 Jul 17) Midstream & Downstream

Of the several new LNG terminals planned in India, a 5m t/y facility promoted by GSPC and Adani at Mundra is the nearest to completion.

Joint venture GSPC LNG wants to commission the project in early 2018 soon after L&T completes a 67-km R-LNG evacuation pipeline on which it depends. "Almost 95% of the work (at Mundra) is done," confirms a GSPC LNG source.

"Early next year (2018) we will be ready to begin operations." EPC contractor IHI, he adds, has almost completed two 122,000 cubic metre capacity storage tanks; while Toyo is almost done with the re-gas facility. "L&T is expected to complete the pipeline by December (2017) or January (2018)," adds our source.

Starting from Mundra, L&T is laying the pipeline to Anjar town which will have a R-LNG receiving terminal at nearby Ratatalav village. Our source explains GSPC LNG will wait until next year to commission the terminal so it can synchronise this with the commissioning of the R-LNG evacuation pipeline.

Mechanical completion is expected by October this year. "If you commission the terminal too early then the warranty period of all the machinery and equipment starts the same day," we learn.

"If that happens GSPC will waste six months of its warranty." Once ready Mundra will be the third terminal on the 1600-km Gujarat sea coast after Dahej and Hazira; India also has (under-utilised) terminals at Dabhol and Kochi.