IOC’s Ennore LNG terminal to serve TN, AP and Karnataka

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), through its joint venture company IndianOil LNG Pvt. Ltd, developed an LNG terminal with capacity of 5 million tons per annum (mtpa).

Customers such as Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Madras Fertilisers Ltd, Tamil Nadu Petroproducts and Manali Petrochemicals Ltd will be the major beneficiaries, according to reports.

In future, natural gas from the terminal will also cater to the gas requirements of entire Tamil Nadu and parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The Ennore terminal project is a part of India’s plan to enhance the share of natural gas in the country’s energy basket from the current 6.2% to 15% by 2030.

The terminal is anticipated to supply natural gas to various consumers with IndianOil by laying a 1,244-km pipeline for evacuation of natural gas. It would pass through Manali, Thiruvallur, Puducherry, Nagapattinam, Madurai, Tiruchi, Tuticorin, and Ramanathapuram, and a separate line to Bengaluru via Hosur.

Kamarajar Port Ltd (KPL) Chairman P Raveendran said that the company has allotted 128 acres of land and 362 m of waterfront to Indian Oil LNG — a special purpose vehicle. “This is the largest single project investment in KPL,” he added.

From the port side, the project consists of two sets of facilities; one in the marine side that includes jetty for berthing the LNG vessels and unloading facilities, second is the landside facility of storage and regasification tank farms, which are the distribution points for the LNG through pipelines. Both these facilities are connected via pipelines.

“Kamarajar is sure to emerge as the trendsetter for other ports in East Coast, “he said.

By adding this facility, KPL achieves an installed capacity of 62 MT and with other on-going projects and in line with business plan, KPL aims to achieve 142 MT of capacity by the year 2025, said Raveendran.