HPCL wants R-LNG pipeline in place for Chhara

Vol 24, PW 12 (06 May 21) Midstream, Downstream, Renewables

Not wishing to be caught out, Hindustan Petroleum is preparing for a public hearing to clear its proposed 36-inch diameter 86.61-km pipeline to evacuate R-LNG from the Chhara LNG terminal.

This report learns the Gujarat Pollution Control Board is organising a public hearing at 11am on May 28 (2021) at the revenue staff quarter's ground in Gir Gadhada village, the administrative HQ for 42 surrounding villages in the Gir Somnath district. Contacted by this report, an HPCL source says the company wants the pipeline operational before it commissions the Chhara LNG terminal, expected in April 2023, according to the latest delayed timeframe.

"Look what happened to the Kochi and the Ennore terminals," he tells us. "Without adequate R-LNG evacuation pipelines, they can't function at their installed capacities and are stranded."

HPCL also confidently tells us the exit of Mumbai-based partner Shapoorji Pallonji from the Chhara project on March 31 (2021) will not impact ongoing work. "Once approval comes in, we will begin work on the tender," adds a Gujarat State Petronet (GSPL) source.

He estimates the proposed pipeline will cost Rs622cr ($85.20m) in total. GSPL claims it has selected the best possible route to lay the pipeline after conducting a detailed survey and plans to lay the pipeline 1.2 metres below ground level using 19.1-mm thick carbon steel in line with API (American Petroleum Institute) guidelines.

"The pipeline passes through gently flat terrain," adds GSPL, "which rises and is sloping in parts." Still awaited is Right of User (RoU) permission for a 20-metre corridor along the pipeline route.

"We will acquire land temporarily on an RoU basis," we hear. "After laying the pipeline, we will reinstate the land to its original condition and return it to the owner."