Green nod to HPCL Shapoorji's LNG terminal
25 March 2019
Setting the stage for building the fourth liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal in Gujarat, the ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEF) has accorded environmental and CRZ (coastal regulatory zone) clearance to HPCL Shapoorji Energy Private Ltd (HSEPL) for developing new LNG storage and re-gasification terminal at Chhara in Kodinar of Gir Somnath district.
HSEPL, a joint venture between Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) and Shapoorji Pallonji group's SP Ports Pvt Ltd (SPPPL), plans to set up 5 million tonnes per annum LNG terminal within the proposed area of Chhara port. The project cost is estimated to be Rs 5,408.82 crore.
"As per recommendations of the EAC (expert appraisal committee), the ministry hereby accords environmental clearance to the project 'development of LNG storage and re-gasification terminal' at Chhara village, Kodinar taluka, Gir Somnath district, Gujarat by HPCL Shapoorji Energy Ltd," the ministry said in its recent notification.
HSEPL's LNG terminal will have LNG ship unloading jetty, LNG storage, LNG transfer, and vaporization as well as other utilities and infrastructure facilities.
"The terminal will be provided with the latest state of art instruments and controls for safe handling of LNG and LNG terminal operation," the company said in its environment impact assessment (EIA) study.
Petronet LNG already operates 15 MTPA terminal at Dahej and Shell Gas runs 5 MTPA terminal at Hazira. The third LNG terminal by GSPL LNG Ltd at Mundra in Kutch was inaugurated by the prime minister Narendra Modi in October last year.