State-owned Indian Oil Corp is set to commission its maiden LNG terminal at Ennore in Tamil Nadu within days, company officials said Tuesday.
Ennore terminal is the first LNG terminal to be built on India’s east coast, and is part of the IOC’s strategy to end decades of gas shortage in the region.
The $725-million project is due to receive its commissioning cargo shortly after dredging work is completed by the end of January.
The Ennore terminal will be connected to the nearby refinery operated by Chennai Petroleum Corporation, an IOC subsidiary, as well as downstream consumers such as Madras Fertilizers, Tamil Nadu Petro Products and Manali Petrol Products of South India.
However, the gas distribution project — a 1,385-km (850-mile) gas pipeline linking the Ennore terminal with Nagapattinam via Puducherry — has yet to be completed.
The first phase, connecting nearby urban areas, will be completed by May, officials said. The second phase will be completed by December and will be connecting the terminal with other cities in South India such as Madurai, Tuticorin and Bengaluru.
The company’s Dhamra LNG terminal, also on the east coast, is expected to become operational in the second half of 2021. Construction commenced in July 2017.
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