India’s Petronet LNG has plans for a 4 million tonnes per annum floating storage and regasification unit to be deployed in the state of Odisha on the nation’s east coast.

Petronet LNG has already completed pre-project studies and is preparing the detailed feasibility study for the FSRU is planned for Gopalpur port.

“The LNG terminal will help meet the increasing gas demand of the eastern and central part of the country,” it said.

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Petronet LNG has signed a memorandum of understanding with Gopalpur Ports and is looking to finalise details of the commercial and technical terms of this agreement before taking the final investment decision.

No timeline has been announced for the Gopalpur FSRU-based import project although Petronet LNG is reportedly also performing a pre-feasibility study for a 5 million tpa onshore terminal in future at the same location.

Petronet LNG currently operates two onshore LNG terminals, at Dahej in Gujarat and Kochi in Kerala, both on India’s west coast. It is considering the further expansion of Dahej from 17.5 million tpa to 22.5 million tpa while Kochi’s nameplate capacity is 5 million tpa.

The company two years ago had been gung-ho over its plans then to locate an LNG FSRU on the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which are administered by India, although this project never left the drawing board.

This FSRU would have had initial capacity of 150,000 tpa of LNG, while unloading facilities for carriers of between 5000 and 30,000 cubic metres capacity and 10,000 cubic metres of LNG storage also formed part of the touted project.

Petronet LNG had applied to sector regulator, the Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board, to supply city gas into the major town of Port Blair in the Andamans.

Regasified volumes would also have been used for power generation at a planned dual-fuel plant.