Torrent plans its first L-CNG pump at Junagadh

Vol 23, PW 5 (16 Jan 20) Midstream & Downstream

Torrent Gas is preparing to become the first city gas retailer to set up an L-CNG station in Gujarat.

Last month (December) Torrent finalised centrally located Khamdhrol near Junagadh city on the busy national highway number 8B as the location of its proposed L-CNG station, likely to come up later this year or early next year (2021). Torrent will build it as a standard CNG station at a cost of Rs15cr ($2.1m) but contained within it will also be facilities to convert LNG to R-LNG including an LNG unloading pump skid, a cryogenic tank to store LNG brought by road from Dahej, a vaporiser and a re-gasification unit.

Torrent has chosen to set up an L-CNG station at the location because the nearest connection to Gujarat State Petronet's (GSPL) state-wide gas grid is about 100-km away. Torrent will bring in LNG by road to Junagadh from Dahej, which is 458-km away.

Torrent is yet to decide whether it will buy a cryogenic LNG tanker to transport the LNG or hire one. Transporting LNG by truck is the fastest way to gas charge the remote area but in the long-term Torrent also wants to set up a City Gate Station at Shobha Vadla on the outskirts of Junagadh to receive piped gas through a steel pipeline after Torrent gets a tap-off from GSPL’s gas grid at Amreli.

 Junagadh is the only city gas area Torrent has in Gujarat.