IOCL’s Ennore LNG terminal ready, expects first consignment this month
Work on Indian Oil Corporation Ltd’s (IOCL) ₹5,151 crore liquid natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Ennore has been completed and the facility is likely to receive its first consignment by this month end. The terminal also has regasification and storage capabilities and LNG road tankers loading facility.
Sources in IOCL said that construction of the terminal and jetty facilities was complete and pre-commissioning and commissioning of various systems was in progress. Dredging work for the jetty and the channel that would bring cryogenic ships carrying natural gas in its liquid form is nearing completion.
Construction of the terminal with a capacity of five million tonnes per annum began in November 2015.
Easy to transport
IOCL officials explained that the terminal would receive gas in liquid form as it is easier to transport and regasify it and supply it to customers through pipelines. The natural gas would be used as gas-based feedstock in the fertiliser industry. It would replace naphtha.
In other industries, it would be used to generate power or run furnace. The regasified LNG would also be supplied to Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd. refinery and fertiliser and petrochemical plants through a 23-km-long pipeline in Manali area from Ennore.
Plans are afoot to expand the pipeline network to Sriperumbudur for meeting the requirements of automobile, tyre, glass manufacturing industries.
It would be expanded thereafter up to Thoothukudi via Puducherry and Tiruchy. Similarly, the line would be expanded up to Hosur and Bengaluru, the sources said.
This terminal would also be the source for city gas distribution (CGD) networks, where natural gas would also be supplied to domestic, transport, commercial and industrial sector in various cities in the State.
Source: The Hindu