India’s Petronet LNG has signed a term sheet with Gopalpur Ports for its planned FSRU-based import facility in Odisha, as it looks to establish its presence on the eastern coast of the country.
“Petronet LNG is heading forward in establishing its presence on the east coast of India by signing a term sheet with Gopalpur Ports Limited on December 14, 2022 for establishing and operating an LNG terminal at the Gopalpur port in Odisha,” the firm said via social media on Thursday.
Petronet did not provide any additional information.
Last month, the company approved the FSRU-based import facility saying it would sign the term sheet with the Gopaplpur Ports and also look to secure the environmental clearance for the project.
According to India’s largest LNG importer, the project would cost about 23.06 billion rupees ($278 million).
This is for the first phase of the LNG terminal which includes an FSRU, with “provision for conversion” to a land-based terminal.
Also, these costs include the construction of the jetty and the pipeline but not the FSRU charter.
Petronet said the new Gopalpur floating LNG terminal would have a capacity of about 4 mtpa and would help meet the increasing gas demand of the eastern and central part of the country.
It expects to add the proposed capacity in about three years.
Petronet already operates the 17.5 mtpa Dahej terminal and the 5 mtpa Kochi plant on the west coast of India.