Shell plans to ramp up LPG imports

Vol 12, PW 24 (07 May 09) News in Brief

Shell is planning to ramp up LPG imports to India to meet growing domestic demand by using a brand new jetty at Pipavav port this month.

In December 2007, Pipavav port operator AP Moller Maersk decommissioned a 650-metre-long existing jetty so it could expand the container berth to 1075-metres. Closure of the jetty, where Shell had been importing 3500 tonnes/month of LPG, forced it to begin importing LPG from a jetty at nearby Porbandar port, used by Dutch-owned SHV Holdings.

But Shell has long wanted to get back to Pipavav, where it owns two onshore LPG tanks, unlike the Porbandar tanks, which are hired from SHV. More, Shell will also have a separate, dedicated 65-metre long jetty at Pipavav to berth its LPG tankers.

“We are confident the LPG jetty will be ready this month,â€‌ a senior Pipavav port official tells PETROWATCH. “Shell is keen to start operating again because there is a lot of domestic demand they want to meet.