Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) has signed a long-term agreement with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) re-gasification services on a use-or-pay basis to the state-run refiner, at its upcoming LNG import terminal at Dhamra in Odisha. As per the contract, IOC has booked 3 million tons per annum (MTPA) re-gasification capacity spread over 20 years. IOC plans to supply the gas to its refineries at Paradip in Odisha and Haldia in West Bengal. In fact, the terminal will play a strategic role in supplying gas to Bangladesh and Myanmar as well, said Karan Adani, CEO, and APSEZ.
Foundation stone of the project was laid in July 2017 and L&T has commenced the construction. L&T has won the contract to set up tankages for gas storage. The terminal is expected to be commissioned during the second half of 2021. The proposed Dhamra LNG import terminal is designed for an initial capacity of 5 MTPA, expandable up to 10 MTPA. Initially, it will have two full containment type tanks of 180,000 cubic meters capacity each. It will be the first of its kind in India and second LNG terminal on the east coast after IOC’s Ennore terminal in Tamil Nadu.
It will have a jetty capable of handling a wide range of LNG supply vessels, including the largest Q-max fleet from Qatar. The terminal will be capable of reloading LNG to service proximate markets via the marine route and will also have truck loading gantries to help grow the nascent LNG-by-truck market.