India’s Dhamra LNG terminal more than 70 percent complete

Total and Adani are pushing forward with the works on the Dhamra LNG import facility located in Odisha, on India’s east coast.

Total’s gas unit said in a construction update the facility was more than 70 percent complete as of December 2020.

Construction of the facility started back in 2018, with India’s Larsen & Toubro responsible for setting up the LNG tanks while Taiwan’s CTCI Corporation has won the contract for the regasification package.

Designed for a capacity of 5 mtpa, the Dhamra terminal will initially have two tanks of 180,000 cbm capacity, each. There is a potential to double the capacity to 10 mtpa.

In addtion, the terminal’s jetty will be capable of receiving the world’s largest LNG carriers but also reloading smaller vessels. Total and Adani also plan to distribute LNG via trucks to the region.

Start in 2022

According to the update by Total’s gas unit, the duo is targeting completion of the facility around July 2022.

The previous announcements said the project could be completed in mid-2020 or by the year-end.

But the delay is probably related to the unprecedented conditions caused by the Covid 19 pandemic. These include lockdowns that also took place in the Odisha state last year.

Once complete, the Dhamra facility will be India’s seventh LNG import terminal and the second on the east coast as the country moves towards a gas-based economy.

As per capacity takers, Adani already signed a deal with state-owned IOC for 3 mtpa and Gail for 1.5 mtpa regasification capacity. Both of the deals are for 20 years.

Also worth mentioning here, Rolls-Royce said in October it would build Dhamra terminal’s power plant while India’s Adani Total Gas, a joint venture between the two partners, also recently revealed it signed a three-year deal to buy LNG from Total.

France’s Total would deliver the fuel from its global portfolio to Adani Total Private for onward sale to households and small industries.

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