Singapore Port Authority to operate Dahej

Vol 6, PW 18 (06 Nov 02) Midstream & Downstream

PETRONET-LNG HAS selected a joint venture of Singapore Port Authority and Hyderabad-based Ocean Sparkle as port operator for its 5m t/y LNG terminal at Dahej in Gujarat.

Its job will be to oversee all activities connected with the safe berthing of LNG tankers. When operational, one LNG tanker will call at Dahej every four or five days, equivalent to 80 tankers a year.

For this the port operator will need four tugboats and a pilot boat to tow and guide each LNG tanker from midstream to the berth. Singapore Port Authority and Ocean Sparkle will operate the Dahej LNG terminal on lease from the Gujarat Maritime Board, initially for a period of 30 years.

After that the Gujarat Maritime Board can take over the Dahej terminal's waterfront facilities but Petronet-LNG will continue to own the regassification plant. At Dahej itself, the roofs of both LNG storage tanks were completed end-October.

So was a 1.5 km stretch of the 2.5-km long jetty and breakwater. Construction of the breakwater is delayed because it has to be redesigned to cope with the failure of a 'stability test'.

"Much more construction material is needed to complete the breakwater and this has increased the cost." Elsewhere, Petronet-LNG has chosen Adani Exports as partner to operate the dry cargo port alongside the LNG terminal. Both sides have signed a Memorandum of Agreement and their joint venture company (Petronet-LNG with 26% and Adani with 74%) should be registered this month.

The dry cargo port will begin operations with a capacity of about 5m t/y, rising to 15m t/y.