Kochi soil conditions worry Petronet-LNG

Vol 10, PW 20 (08 Feb 07) News in Brief

Petronet-LNG is becoming increasingly concerned about soft soil conditions at the site of its proposed LNG terminal at Kochi.

Late last month the LNG importer asked selected companies to submit offers for an independent soil study of the proposed site on Puthuvypeen Island. Companies have been asked to submit price bids within a week.

Concern about soil conditions at nearby Bharat Petroleum-owned Kochi Refineries has prompted the renewed inquiry. “We noticed some variations in soil at the site of Kochi Refineries,â€‌ says Petronet-LNG.

“The soil is soft at Kochi so we thought we must recheck the conditions at our site also.â€‌ On 31st January three consortia led by IHI, SN Technigaz and Sofregaz submitted EPC bids for the 2.5m t/y LNG terminal at Kochi.

“All bidders carried out soil studies before submitting bids,â€‌ says one bidder. “Petronet-LNG knows that if the piling at the site for tanks has to be increased it might lead to delay in constructing tanks and other structures.