Philippines-based AG&P (Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Company) has inked an exclusivity with Karaikal Port Pvt Ltd (KPPL) to develop an LNG import terminal including LNG sourcing and supply at Karaikal Port in Puducherry, India.
Located on the east coast of India, the Karaikal Port is a deep-water facility which has handled over 46 million tonnes of multi-cargo and received more than 1,400 commercial vessels since commencing operations in 2009.
The Port secured environmental approval (EA) for this LNG terminal development in May 2017.
The construction of LNG terminal will enable the port to provide cleaner and cheaper fuel to industries and communities in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu.
KPPL chairman and promoter director GRK Reddy said: “Karaikal Port is a centre of trading for Southeast India and is crucial to the region’s GDP. With the addition of AG&P’s LNG import terminal, Karaikal Port will continue to be an engine of growth for the region’s future.
“Offering an all-weather operation with a breakwater ensuring 99% availability, night navigation, limited dredging requirements, proximity to GAIL’s existing Cauvery Basin gas pipeline network and 24/7 access to port services, we are immensely proud of the Port’s facilities that attracted AG&P to this prime site.”
AG&P president of LNG marketing Karthik Sathyamoorthy said: “Leveraging its standardized designs and modular approach to building terminals developed in AG&P’s Houston, Texas Engineering Center, AG&P not only eliminates expensive, bespoke engineering costs, but significantly reduces construction time. This means the terminal will be up and running by mid-2019.”
AG&P’s LNG import terminal at Karaikal Port will complement Indian Oil’s under construction LNG terminal at Ennore 300 km to the north and will provide better gas accessibility to Puducherry and Tamil Nadu.