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Old January 6th, 2013, 11:53 AM   #161
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PM to lay foundation stone of BPCL-Kochi Refinery' IREP on Jan 7

Kochi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will on January 7 lay the foundation stone for the Rs 14,225 crore BPCL-Kochi Refinery's Integrated Refinery Expansion project, near here, which aims to meet the country growing energy needs and make auto fuels more environment friendly.

The foundation stone will be laid at the Kochi-BPCL Refinery complex at nearby Ambalamugal.

Governor H R Bhardwaj, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Union ministers-- M Veerapa Moily, Vayalar Ravi, K V Thomas and Lakshmi Panabaaka will be among those present.

The project envisages increasing the refining capacity of the Kochi refinery from the present 9.5 MMTPA to 15.5 MMTPA, modernising of refinery to produce auto fuels complying with Euro IV/ Euro V specifications, upgradation of low value refinery residue stream to value added products, refinery sources said.

The refinery presently produces Euro-III/IV compliant auto-fuels and various other petroleum products. From the initial capacity of 2.5 Million Metric Tonnes Per Annum (MMTPA), it has progressively grown to its present level of 9.5 MMTPA, refinery sources said.

Kerala Government has signed an MoU with BPCL during the Emerging Kerala Investors Meet for implementation of the project, which is scheduled to be completed by December 2015.

One of the major initiatives identified by BPCL is to utilize the propylene to make petrochemical products like Acrylate and Super absorbent Polymer which are predominantly imported into the country today.

This propylene based petrochemical complex is envisaged as Joint Venture where the JV partner's technology and marketing expertise will be used.

BPCL has already signed an MoU with Petrochemical major M/s LG Chem, South Korea. The estimated investment on this Petrochemical JV is estimated to be in the range of Rs 5000-Rs 6000 crore and the complex is expected to be on stream in tandem with the above expansion project.

This investment totalling to about Rs 20,000 crore is the single largest investment in Kerala, which can generate ample employment.
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The Rs. 14,000-crore integrated expansion of the refinery will make BPCL’s Kochi facility the largest public sector refinery in the country with an annual capacity of 15.5 million tonnes.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will lay the foundation stone for the integrated refinery expansion and modernisation projects of Bharat Petroleum Corporation here on Monday.

The stone laying ceremony will signal the beginning of work on a pair of projects that involve a total investment of more than Rs. 20,000 crore.

The Rs. 14,000-crore integrated expansion of the refinery will make BPCL’s Kochi facility the largest public sector refinery in the country with an annual capacity of 15.5 million tonnes.

First in State

It also signals the establishment of Kerala’s first petro-chemicals complex involving an investment of Rs. 6,000 crore.

Governor of Kerala H.R. Bharadwaj, Union Petroleum Minister Veeerappa Moily, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his senior Cabinet colleagues will be among those present at the occasion.

The environmental clearance for the integrated refinery expansion, which also involves equipping the refinery with capacity to produce Euro IV/V-compliant auto fuels, was received in November last year.

Stone & Webster of the U.S. will provide technology for the refinery’s fluidised catalytic unit. Lummus Corporation, U.S., is the technology provider for the delayed coker unit and Halder Topsoe of Denmark will be the technology provider for the diesel hydro-treater unit.

Joint venture

The public sector oil refiner has LG Chemicals of South Korea as its joint venture partner for the petrochemicals complex, which will use propylene from the expanded facility to produce acrylates, phenol, and super absorbent polymer.

The petrochemicals complex is expected to unleash a wave of fresh industrial activity in the State industry sources expecting at least a score of downstream units that will use propylene from the refinery.

Considering the importance of the project, the State government signed an agreement with BPCL on the sidelines Emerging Kerala Summit 2012 in September for providing incentives like deferment of Kerala goods and services tax, value-added tax and CST as well as to provide exemption from works contract tax.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 04:24 AM   #163
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Leverage strengths to draw investments: Manmohan

Stone laid for Integrated Refinery Expansion project of BPCL-Kochi Refineries

Kerala’s unique strengths need to be leveraged to draw new investments to the State, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has suggested.

Speaking at the foundation-stone laying ceremony of the Integrated Refinery Expansion project of BPCL-Kochi Refineries here on Monday, Dr. Singh said a “high level of social development, very high quality of human resources” and the commitment of Oommen Chandy’s government to “provide a clean, transparent and efficient administration” were some of the strengths of Kerala.

The Rs.14,225-crore expansion project will have many multiple effects for Kerala’s economy. The Kerala government’s plans to bring downstream ancillary industries to nearby areas would further boost the local economy and provide additional employment and income opportunities to citizens, he said.

(BPCL has already signed a memorandum of understanding with petrochemical major LG Chem, South Korea, and the estimated investment on this petrochemical joint venture is estimated to be in the range of Rs.5,000-Rs. 6,000 crore and it is expected to be on stream in tandem with the expansion project. These two projects bring in an investment of Rs.20,000 crore.)

Dr. Singh said the United Progressive Alliance government had “always strived for accelerated development and progress” of Kerala. The number of projects initiated by the Central government in Kerala will benefit the State in its quest for rapid economic and industrial growth. The Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal, the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala, and BrahMos Aerospace, Thiruvananthapuram, were some of the initiatives of the Central government, he said.

M. Veerappa Moily, Union Minister for Petroleum of Natural Gas, said a 31,700-km network of natural gas pipeline would be laid in the country by 2016-17. The country will become self-sufficient in oil and gas production by 2030. The Ministry plans to reduce the import of oil and gas in a phased manner, he said.

Mr. Moily sought the support of the State government for creating a network of gas pipelines spread all over Kerala. With the completion of the expansion programme of the refineries, the economic face of Kerala would be changed. It will also convert India into a major refinery hub in the world and the Kochi refinery would become an institution of world class, he said.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the State government intended to establish a petrochemical park in the area. The development programme of the refinery would convert Kochi into a petrochemical hub in South India, he said.

The State government and Kochi Refineries had earlier signed a Memorandum of Understanding for waiving off value-added tax and sales tax worth Rs.4,500 crore for the project. Several other sops were offered for the project, he said.

Union Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi; Union Minister of State for Food and Public Distribution (Independent charge) K.V. Thomas; Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Gas Panabaka Lakshmi; Governor H.R. Bharadwaj; Industries Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty; Finance Minister K.M. Mani; K.P. Dhanapalan, MP; V.P. Sajeendran, MLA; and R.K. Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Kochi Refineries; were present.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/...cle4283489.ece
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Moily asked to direct GAIL to implement Kochi-Mangalore pipeline

Bangalore, Mar 6: Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has urged Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister M Veerappa Moily, who hails from the coastal Dakishina Kannada region, to direct the Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) to take steps to implement the Kochi-Koottanad-Mangalore-Bangalore pipeline (KKBMPL) without delay to spur growth and development of the State.

The Chief Minister, who has written separate letters to the Union Minister, said the Kochi-Mangalore line was expected to be commissioned by the Central Public Sector Undertaking GAIL in 2013 as part of the recently commissioned 1000 km Rs 4,500 crore Dabhol-Bangalore Natural Gas Pipeline (DBPL) with a capacity of 16 MMSCND of natural gas

''It is understood that GAIL would not be able to commission the Kochi-Mangalroe line in 2013 as planned earlier due to inordinate delays in the project for reasons beyond their control," Shettar said and expressed grave concern over media reports that GAIL ''may also consider dropping this leg if similar situation persists for some more time."

Releasing copies of his letter to Moily, the former chief minister of Karnataka, Shettar said: ''It is a matter of grave concern to the Government of Karnataka that the consumers of Mangalore, some of whom have assumed availability of natural gas in their project plans, would suffer extensively due to delay in the availability of natural gas."

''This would trigger serious sustainability issues for some of these organizations raising concerns about jobs that these organizations have created or are likely to create in this area," the chief minister said pointing out that GAIL’s KKBMPL project was ''expected to bring gas transmission infrastructure to Dakshina Kannada region for the benefit of industries in and around Mangalore and parts of Bangalore Rural and Urban districts."

The State Government has been very supportive and GAIl has also been proactive in responding to the suggestions of the State Government regarding creation of gas infrastructure in Karnataka, the chief minister said describing the Dabhol-Bangalore natural gas pipeline (DBPL) as a ''game-changer in the Karnataka growth story."

''Mangalore is one of the most industrialized regions in Karnataka and the economic progress of this region is a source of pride to all of us," he said explaining that Mangalore was the largest energy consuming region in the State due to the presence of industries like MRPL, KIOCL, MCF and a cluster of small and medium scale industries.

The Rs 4,500 crore DBPL project with a capability of transmitting upto 16 MMSCMD of natural gas was planned to operate at a low load initially. The proposed mega fertilizer plant at Belgaum and the power plant at Bidadi, in the city outskirts, were planned to start utilizing natural gas within two to three years. Naturally, the DBPL project was expected to have sufficient surplus capacity to cater to Dharwad, Bhadravathi in Shimoga district and meet the requirements of Mangalore and Udupi districts..

The Chief Minister apprised Moily that the Mangalore Special Economic Zone (SEZ) was established with a view to capitalize on the port infrastructure for export-oriented activities and gain from the opportunities for setting up units downstream of the refinery.

''We have already seen major investment in the SEZ with the setting up of ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd (OMPL). We are also hopeful that many more companies like JBF Industries Cardolite Corporation and Nagarjuna Group would start operating their proposed facilities in the SEZ soon," he said pointing out that Bhadravati in Shimoga district with its steel processing unit of SAIL was a major paper processing hub of the State, though the region, was not covered by GAIL’s pipleline infrastructure.

Shettar explained that two spur lines from DBPL – connecting Mangalore, Shimoga and Udupi and linking the twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad – of about 300 kms and 60 kms in length respectively would vastly help in meeting industrial, commercial, petroleum natural gas (PNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) requirements of these cities besides providing cleaner environment to the residents.

The Chief Minister urged Moily to advise GAIL to take up the necessary project activities and ensure that Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline was connected to Dharwad, Bhadravati, Udupi and Mangalore at the earliest as it would ensure necessary natural gas connectivity for optimal utilization. It will also ensure critical gas supplies for use as fuel or feedstock to reach big industrial consumers such as MRPL, OMPL, MCF, KIOCL etc and also present a strategic option for high priority projects such as the Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd (ISPRL) coming up between Mangalore and Udupi.

''Ensuring availability of natural gas at Dharwad, Hubli, Bhadravati/Shimoga, Udupi and Mangalore will be of immense help in not only reducing pollution levels but also in providing a fillip to further industrial development of all these cities," Shettar said promising to provide ''all required help to GAIL for execution of the pipeline connectivities to the region."

In another letter on the same subject, the chief minister mentioned that natural gas has emerged as a key energy resource for the economic development of any region and the availability of natural gas infrastructure is critical for the development of the state.

The DBPL initiative has brought natural gas to the people of Karnataka for the first time and gas supply has been commenced at Bangalore. The pipeline passes through Belgaum, Dharwad, Gadag, Bellary, Devanagere, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Ramanagaram, Bangalore Urban and Rural districts.

The project involves laying of 73 km of 18 inch diameter pipeline in Bangalore and with the commencement of natural gas supply, he said city’s alarming rise air pollution level could be checked by promoting the use of natural gas as transport fuel. Karnataka was keen to roll out CNG infrastructure in Bangalore on priority.

He said Karnataka State Industrial Infrastructure and Development Corporation (KSIIDC) and GAIL have signed a Joint Venture Agreement to form a Joint Venture (JV) Company for distribution of gas to various consumers in the State. The Roll out of CNG infrastructure in Bangalore can be carried out by the proposed joint venture company of KSIIDC and GAIL and urged Moily to ensure that Bangalore and most of cities in Karnataka were able to get ''clean fuel."
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Petronet LNG likely to commission Kochi terminal by May-Jun

RK Garg, director - Finance, Petronet LNG expects the Kochi terminal to be commissioned by end of May or early June. In an interview to CNBC-TV18 he says, "Kochi is connected with a small pipeline within Kerala and that too around 44 kilometers. There is not much demand and for that we will be buying spot LNG or short-term LNG from the market."

Also Read: ONGC to sign pact for Mangalore LNG terminal on Mar 18

Below is the verbatim transcript of RK Garg's interview on CNBC-TV18

Q: During January and February, the international LNG prices have been pretty tight, did you see a fall in volumes because of the demanding prices?

A: In January and February because of the high demand in the market, especially in Japan due to high winter, the prices of spot cargoes and spot LNG has moved up. The price prevailing even for India was around USD 17 per mmbtu. The market has now softened and prices are coming down and it is currently hovering around mid-15 and therefore we are seeing the demand of LNG now.

Q: What were your utilisation levels in January and February, were they around Q3 numbers, significant lower, any number that you can give us?

A: In January and February because the prices were quite high, there has been a slow demand because the consumers in those sectors cannot afford the prices. Overall January-February even in March, is okay. As far as we are concerned, that terminal has a limitation that we cannot do beyond a nameplate capacity. We are already operating around 10 million tonne.

Q: With regards to fertilisers, have you seen a slackening of demand because that is usually a weak period, was the off-take much lower?

A: Fertiliser yes, off-take is now there and they are also looking for more gas and in terms of LNG. One thing is important for the fertiliser sector because a new fertiliser policy that had been announced few months back, now there is a lot of interest in the fertiliser industry for putting up more fertiliser facility and expansion and looking for more and more LNG in future.
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Mani sir is more better than Magician Muthukad.... He announced several projects without allocating money.... What a magic
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Old March 20th, 2013, 08:37 AM   #169
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Detailed feasibility report for LNG-based power plant in Kochi in April

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KOCHI: The detailed feasibility report (DFR) for an LNG-based 1200 mw plant to be set up near the upcoming LNG terminal at Puthuvype near Kochi, would be ready by April end. The project to be set up jointly by Petronet LNG and KSEB could cost around Rs 4800 crore. The cost of power generated from this plant would could hover around Rs 6.5 per unit, according to Petronet officials.


"We have estimated this price based on the contracted price of gas we are proposing to import. We have not factored in the possibilities of sliding down of the gas prices when technologies are developed to economically tap the shale gas discovered in the US," A K Balyan, MD and CEO, of Petronet LNG, told TOI here.

KSEB officials said they would take a call on the project proposal after the cost estimates were finalised.

Dr Balyan also disclosed that the Rs 4200 crore LNG terminal at Puthuvype would not be commissioned in this financial year, as was planned earlier. "Now we will be able to commission it in June or July instead of March as our customers are not ready to receive the gas," he said.

FACT which will be one of large consumers of LNG from Puthuvype would take some more time to convert their fuel base from naphtha to LNG. BPCL Kochi Refinery which is another large consumer is already prepared to receive LNG. However, Petronet would be able to ensure a minimum off-take from the LNG terminal only if FACT was also ready. The gas off-take from the terminal which would have a capacity of five million tonnes a year, would be less than 20 per cent initially, even when these two major customers are ready.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 01:43 PM   #170
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KSEB to go ahead with 500 MW Petcoke Power Plant project

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The 500-MW power project using petcoke to be produced by the BPCL Kochi Refinery, after the completion of the integrated refinery expansion project, has gathered momentum as the power project has found a place in the latest Kerala budget.

Though no fund was allotted to the project, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has decided to go ahead with the project. A decision about the machinery and technology to be used for the project will be taken in two months after which a report about the cost and price will be prepared.

KSEB chairman M Sivasankaran told Express that the FACT land at Ambalamugal and HMT land at Kalamasserry are the probable sites for the project.

After getting the approvals, it will take at least three years to complete the project.

Earlier, there was a controversy about who will implement the project as the Industries department and INKEL Limited have raised claims for the project. But, later Power Minister Aryadan Muhammed made it clear that it is the project of KSEB. T Balakrishnan, managing director, INKEL Limited said INKEL will support KSEB for fund mobilisation and technological assistance if required. He added that if KSEB forms a consortium for the project, INKEL is ready to join.

Petcoke is the residue left after the refining of crude has a high calorific value and is also high on sulphur. A kg petcoke produces 6,000 kilos of calorie, 150 per cent more than the same quantity of coal produces.

It is estimated that power from the petcoke-based plant will be available at a rate of `5 per unit. A preliminary feasibility study of the project has already been done. About 150 acres of land is needed for the project and the expected cost will be `5,000 crore.

“Only 300 Petcoke-based plants are operational in the world. About 3-4 machinery variants are available to produce power from petcoke. KSEB has to make a decision about machinery and technology for the project. The pricing of petcoke is another factor which has to be discussed in detail,” said M Sivasankaran.

According to a BPCL Kochi Refinery official, the integrated refinery expansion project will be completed in December 2015. “The company will be able to provide 1.4 million metric tonnes of petcoke a year after the completion of the expansion project,” he said.
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I read in Manorama that LNG terminal is in uncertainty after TN Chief Minister Jayalalita said that pipelines cannot be laid through farmlands. If it cannot reach Bangalore the project may be shelved
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Now latest news. This seems to be more on our side.

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I read in Manorama that LNG terminal is in uncertainty after TN Chief Minister Jayalalita said that pipelines cannot be laid through farmlands. If it cannot reach Bangalore the project may be shelved
How can you shelve a project, once its completed....... If TN donot allow, other feasible routes will be explored.... Even TN will have issues, as TN eariler announced 2 major LNG Power plants to solve the worst Electricity crisis.... Now Jaya is announcing so many things, thinking only ELECTIONS.... She is leaving no space for Tatha to garner a public demand, rather taking up all by her....
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You are right. I hope you saw my latest news too which was updated today. Now the tide seems to be in our favor. It is just that I heard in the newspaper that the commissioning is postponed indefinitely because of this pipeline issue. Kochi and Kayamkulam uses only a meagre percentage of full capacity of the terminal

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How can you shelve a project, once its completed....... If TN donot allow, other feasible routes will be explored.... Even TN will have issues, as TN eariler announced 2 major LNG Power plants to solve the worst Electricity crisis.... Now Jaya is announcing so many things, thinking only ELECTIONS.... She is leaving no space for Tatha to garner a public demand, rather taking up all by her....
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Commissioning of Puthuvype LNG terminal delayed by three months



The commissioning of the Petronet LNG terminal at Puthuvype here will be delayed by two to three months, according to present estimates. The liquefied natural gas terminal is expected to be commissioned by June-July.

The facility for receiving LNG and regasifying it for onward transport has been completed at the terminal.

The terminal has got all the mandatory clearances for operation, company officials said. The delay is being attributed to lack of preparedness of the end-users to receive gas.

FACT, one of the major LNG consumers, has begun conversion of machinery required for operation of the plants using regasified LNG as fuel, replacing naptha. NTPC, Kayamkulam, another prospective bulk consumer, has not entered into a contract with Petronet LNG Limited.

Several other bulk consumers are yet to finalise their arrangement with Petronet and launch measures to switch over to LNG as fuel. In most of such cases, the plants would have to be shut down for a brief period before being able to switch over to the new fuel.

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, a prospective customer of compressed natural gas (CNG), is interested in making use of gas for its fuel needs, but the decision to operate CNG fuelled buses will hinge on a variety of factors.

Petronet LNG has already submitted a proposal to the corporation. Setting up of CNG fuelling stations as well as purchase of CNG-fuelled buses are among important financial concerns for the corporation.

CNG fuelling stations could be established at Aluva and Thevara in the property owned by the KSRTC and initial talks were held in this connection, according to top officials.

Cost advantage

The cost advantage of CNG will be a key issue for the KSRTC which has been struggling to make ends meet. While the corporation would like to have a relief from the rising diesel costs, it is doubtful of a gain from CNG buses on the operational front.

The prices of CNG are dependent on international market conditions and the present international rates are not lucrative. As CNG is considered more environment-friendly, the government ought to share the expenses on conversion of buses to facilitate operation on CNG.

The corporation would also like to undertake experimental trips to ascertain cost-effectiveness, but it would be possible only after the fuel is available at its stations.

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Old April 8th, 2013, 02:49 AM   #176
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Security of BPCL-Kochi’s single point mooring under scanner


Just when the State administration gets rapped by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India for dragging its feet on empowering the coastal police to secure the littoral waters and vital installations along Kerala’s coastline, security of BPCL-Kochi’s high-value oil terminals has come under the scanner all over again.

While the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) deployed under the Cochin Port Trust safeguards the Cochin oil terminal besides the south and north tanker berths against seaborne threats, securing the single point mooring (SPM) located some 10 nautical miles (19 km) from the shore has been a sore issue for the state-owned oil firm.

The SPM, a buoy that acts as a mooring point and interconnect for very large crude carriers to load/offload oil or gas, doesn’t enjoy the security cover it should, left as it is to the wits of two unarmed security guards sporting binoculars, night vision devices and cell phones keeping watch over it from a maintenance-cum-support vessel operated by the oil company. While all coastal security stakeholders are on the same page about beefing up security to the vital buoy, nobody wants to take the lead in belling the cat.

Discussions have come to such a pass that BPCL-Kochi is set to reiterate its plea for enhanced security measures to the buoy at a high-level meeting of oil firm representatives to be convened by the Union Home Ministry at New Delhi
on Monday.

Despite the ban on fishing within a nautical mile from the buoy, fishing boats were often found to violate the ban, said a Coast Guard official. The threat was all the more heightened given the SPM’s proximity to the international maritime boundary line. A fishing boat with masked registration signboard could be commandeered by someone to ram it, said a BPCL official. After the issue cropped up at the coastal security meetings held by the Coast Guard and the Navy, it was generally agreed that the security of the SPM is “practical only by a force with seagoing capability, seaworthy vessel and authority.”

At the moment, the coastal police have none of the capabilities.

The embattled BPCL-Kochi held discussions with the CISF, which following a security evaluation, demanded the oil company to cough up Rs.30 crore (for purchase of seaworthy boats and other infrastructure facilities) to take on the job.

“That was a prohibitively expensive proposal and given the additional operating expenses, this would have strangled our business,” said Captain Haridas Mathilakath, chief security officer of BPCL-Kochi.

“Further, CISF is at a loss to check underwater threats, which makes it mandatory for one of the seagoing security forces, the Navy or the Coast Guard, to offer help.”

The SPM operated by the Indian Oil Corporation at Vadinar in Gujarat is guarded by the Coast Guard, with the IOC footing the security bill.

At the New Delhi meeting on Monday, the BPCL-Kochi Refinery will most likely suggest the Centre launch a similar mechanism for all oil and natural gas facilities close to the coast, with the companies joining hands to meet the security expenditure.
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At a time when Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)-receiving jetty for the Indian Oil Corporation’s (IOC) proposed LPG terminal at Puthuvype island is getting ready, tension mounts around the project as the residents are against the storage facility.

The project is envisaged to culminate the road movement of LPG in the state. According to IOC officials, the project will take atleast 24 months to complete if going by this pace. But, the residents say that they will resist the storage facility at Puthuvype as it is a threat to the lives of the over 60,000 residents in the region.

The proposal for setting up an LPG terminal came up in 2009 and the Cochin Port Trust (CPT) allocated 37 acres on a long-term lease at Puthuvype to the oil company.

Cochin Port Trust is constructing the LPG-receiving jetty, which will incur a cost of `170 crore. The total project cost is likely to be in the range of `600 crore with the storage facility and pipeline to Udayamperoor bottling facility being the different parts of the project.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between IOC and Cochin Port Trust for the project in last December.

A Pandian, General Manager, Indian Oil Corporation-Kerala said that the construction of the jetty is initial part of the project and it is underway now. “The proceedings to start construction of the project is on. It will take atleast 24 months to complete the project,” he added.

M B Jayaghosh, chairman, LPG Terminal Virudha Janakeeya Samara Samithi said the samithi is planning to intensify the protest against the storage facility.

“The people in the region are against the storage facility being set up at Puthuvype. Though the jetty construction had started, it is learnt that environment impact study was not done for the project,” he said.

Kerala requires approximately 25,000 tonnes of LPG per month and the entire quantity is transported via road using more than 1,500 tanker trips.

Experts say that frequent strikes by tanker lorries are affecting the movement of LPG and the terminal may pave way for a better arrangement. Under the present MoU, Indian Oil Corporation will use the facility 180 days a year and the Port Trust can use the terminal for the remaining days.
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TN politicising Kochi LNG project
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Kochi LNG terminal, costing around Rs 4,300 crore, is being built by Petronet LNG Ltd.(consortium of Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), both of which are public sector enterprises.

The terminal at Kochi is expected to meet the enormous demand of natural gas for power, fertilisers, petrochemicals and various other industries in the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Construction of LNG receiving, storage and regasification terminal at Kochi has been going on for more than four years now. The terminal was initially planned for a throughput of 2.5 million metric tonnes (mmt) per annum.

However, within the course of the project construction, it was decided to raise its capacity to 5 mmt, in view of projected high demand potential of LNG in south Indian markets, thereby extending the project completion date from its earlier planned 2011. Several schedules announced in the past for the completion of the facility have not been adhered to. The latest schedule is July, 2013.

Even if the mechanical completion of the terminal would be completed in the next few months and the procedures for receiving natural gas from foreign countries have been completed, the Kochi LNG terminal facility is now facing huge uncertainty both for administrative and political reasons.

Not ready yet

Similar to the act of putting the cart before the horse, user industries in Kerala are not yet ready to receive LNG. Several industries including FACT and the Kochi refinery in Kerala, which have signed agreements with Petronet LNG Limited for gas purchase are yet to begin the conversion process at their product manufacturing units.

It will be meaningless to commission the project without the end-users being able to receive the gas. FACT, one of the main bulk users of LNG, has received permission from the Union government to convert its fertiliser production facility at Udyogamandal to utilise natural gas.

The Union budget proposal for exempting natural gas and liquefied natural gas from basic customs duty has come as a boost to plans to set up a 1,200-MW LNG-based power plant, integrated with the LNG receiving and re-gasification facility being set up at Kochi.

Petronet LNG Limited, which is building the LNG terminal had confirmed that the government had agreed in principle to a proposal for setting up a power plant at the Kochi terminal. The power project is estimated to cost between Rs 3,000 and Rs4,000 crore. However, it would take atleast four years to build the power plant from the date of taking a firm decision in the matter.

However, the gas pipeline project has encountered serious problem in Tamil Nadu with politicians whipping up undue fears among the local farmers. The Gail India is laying the pipelines connecting the Kochi terminal in two phases. It is now in the process of laying LNG pipeline between Kochi terminal and Bangalore, that will run through Tamil Nadu traversing Coimbatore, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Namakkal, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri Districts.

However, members of various farmers’ associations in Coimbatore region and some political parties in Tamil Nadu have joined hands to protest against the GAIL’s project going through farm land in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha has asked GAIL to stop the pipeline project in Tamil Nadu through the farm land and and instead take an alternate route along the highways.

GAIL has said that it would not be possible to run the pipeline adjacent to highways as the law does not allow it and traffic movement will be disrupted. Future expansions would be also be a problem. It is necessary to keep in mind that Kochi LNG project will promote economic and industrial growth in substantial way in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, by facilitating investment in several natural gas based projects, using natural gas both as feedstock for downstream industries and as fuel for much needed power projects.

The overall benefits have the potential to change the economic and social face of the region for the better. The region is losing precious time and opportunities in utilising the LNG for its benefits and delay in the LNG pipeline project should be a matter of great concern.

As the pipeline laying project is centred in Tamil Nadu, its chief minister Jayalalitha shoud intervene in the matter urgently and facilitate an acceptable and pragmatic solution, to ensure that Kochi LNG terminal would serve its purpose.
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Petronet to join LNG shipping joint venture

Petronet LNG, a private company promoted by state-run oil firms for importing liquid gas in ships, will take 26% stake in a shipping venture planned to haul gas to its new terminal at Kochi in Kerala. Petronet is seeking a 216,000 cubic metre capacity cryogenic ship that could cost up to $220 M.

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Work on IOC’s crude storage facility completed

The FACT Engineering and Design Organisation (FEDO), the engineering consultancy division of FACT, has completed work on the Rs 2,700-crore mega crude and product storage facility of the Indian Oil Corporation’s refinery project at Paradip, Odisha.

Apart from consultancy services, FACT Engineering and Design Organisation carried out the review of detailed engineering, procurement services and construction management and supervision for setting up the crude and product storage facility for the project.

The storage facility includes eleven crude oil floating roof tanks of diameter of 79 metre each and 13.6 metre height, with capacity of 59,555m3.

There are also 25 product tanks with capacity upto 38,284m3 and 15 pressurised LPG/ propylene bullets, each with a capacity of 1,300 metric tonnes.

The crude and product storage facility has been set up in 3,344 acres of land.

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