First LNG to Dabhol by November 2001

Vol 4, PW 20 (08 Nov 00) Midstream & Downstream

[At Dabhol itself, work is proceeding ahead of schedule on construction of the LNG terminal, where first supplies are slated for November next year.

On an invitation from Enron, a correspondent for Petrowatch visited the construction site for an on-the-spot assessment. This is his report, split into two parts for the benefit of those with a short attention span] As the helicopter prepares to land at Dabhol at the end of a one-hour flight from Bombay, the view from the air is panoramic.

Amidst the red soil and green, hilly landscape of Anjanvel village, workers and machines are busy at work, putting together India's first LNG import terminal and largest private power station. Earth-moving machines claw the soil, punch holes in the rock while scores of helmet-wearing workers keep busy cutting steel, laying pipes, welding joints.

Thousands of tonnes of machinery and equipment lie covered in neat lots, waiting their turn to be used either for the LNG terminal or the power station. Phase II of the 'Dabhol Power Station' is racing to meet deadlines.

"We are two months ahead of schedule," Ken Lambert, vice president of Phase II tells Petrowatch, "The LNG import jetty will be ready by January 2001 and the first tanker is scheduled to come in by November 2001." By January 2002, adds Lambert, the Dabhol Power Company "will be on 100% gas generation," yielding a total of 2,180-MW. Confident, Lambert said Phase II would meet all its completion deadlines.