Indian terminal to boost natural gas production

Jaigarh Port H-Energy has laid a 60 kilometre pipeline connecting its plant to Jaigarh Port

A new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal will help boost India’s share of natural gas.

H-Energy Pvt. Ltd, a unit of real estate group Hiranandani, will begin operations at its LNG terminal in Maharashtra by May 2018.

“We have already laid a 60 kilometre pipeline connecting our plant to the Jaigarh port,” Darshan Hiranandani, managing director and CEO of H-Energy, told Reuters.

USD$261m investment

H-Energy has invested 17bn rupees (USD$261m) to build its 4 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) regassification terminal near Jaigarh Port, Mr Hiranandani said.

He added his firm would initially import spot cargoes to make the fuel affordable to Indian customers.

India plans to raise the share of natural gas in its energy mix to 15% in three years from the current 6.5%, according to a plan set out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.

Expansion

The company aims to expand the plant to 10m tonnes per annum (mtpa), Mr Hiranandani said.

Before beginning the phase of expansion, the CEO said the company wanted to first build a 600km pipeline to connect its plant in Mangalore.

Other LNG projects in India include a 5 mtpa terminal at Ennore on the eastern coast and a 5 mtpa terminal at Mundra in Gujarat in the west.

H-Energy is also building another LNG terminal off the coast of Kolkata in the Bay of Bengal. The construction for the 2 mtpa plant will begin next year, said Mr Hiranandani.

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