Kochi R-LNG marketing

Vol 14, PW 14 (13 Jan 11) News in Brief

Taking a cue from IndianOil and Bharat Petroleum, Petronet-LNG has begun “exploratory efforts” to directly sell LNG from its upcoming 5m t/y Kochi LNG terminal to factories and businesses in Kerala.

PETROWATCH learns a Petronet-LNG team is working out of Kochi to identify potential customers who could take LNG transported in cryogenic tanks on the back of trucks. IOC and BPCL have been selling LNG like this from the Dahej LNG terminal in Gujarat for the past few years.

“Anyone south of Kochi who uses liquid fuels could be our customer,” says a Petronet-LNG source. “We want to target areas unconnected by pipelines.

” GAIL plans to lay a 150-km subsea pipeline southwards from Kochi to the NTPC Kayamkulam power station, he adds, but it is unlikely to have a ‘tap-off.’ However, no customers have as yet been signed up by Petronet-LNG.

“We have enough time,” we are told. “Kochi will come up only next year.