Petronet LNG plans Rs 5,000 crore terminal in Bangladesh

Petronet LNG plans Rs 5,000 crore terminal in Bangladesh

India's biggest gas importer Petronet LNGBSE -0.47 % Ltd has plans to set up a Rs 5,000 crore LNG

import terminal at Kutubdia islands in Bangladesh as it looks to build terminals to feed demand in

neighbouring countries.

"We have proposed to construct a 5 million tons per annum capacity liquefied natural gas (LNG)

import terminal at Kutubdia islands off Cox's Bazar," Petronet Managing Director & CEO Prabhat

Singh told PTI.

The terminal will be besides 3.5 MT terminal at Bangladesh is looking to set up, for which Petronet is

one of the firms that has been shortlisted.

"Bangladesh has huge unmet gas demand particularly to power generation. So during the recent visit

of Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to Dhaka, we proposed to set up a 5 million tons

capacity terminal on government-to- government basis," he said.

Initial response from Bangladesh, he said, has been encouraging and the company would be visiting

Dhaka again this month to make a presentation on its plans.

"While we will source gas (from international market) and supply (to utilities in Bangladesh), we are

seeking some kind of payment assurances to cover for our investments in an event where we have

to pull out of the country," he said.

Besides Bangladesh, Petronet has also proposed to set up 1 MT LNG terminal in Sri Lanka to meet

local demand.

Singh said Kutubdia islands has a natural harbor with good draft and a natural breakwater, idle for

setting up LNG terminal.

The proposed terminal is besides the one Bangladesh is looking to set up at Matar Bari in

Moheshkhali Island of Cox's Bazar district or Anwara, Chittagong. The terminal, to be set up on the

build-own- operate basis, will supply gas to power plants.

Petronet is one of the five global energy firms shortlisted for setting up this LNG import terminal.

The others shortlisted include Anglo-Dutch super-major Shell, China's Huanqiu Contracting &

Engineering, Tractebel Engineering of Belgium and Japan's Mitsui.

Bangladesh is looking at importing gas to ease its energy crisis in southeastern Chittagong region,

which was once almost self-reliant in natural gas but started facing a supply crisis in 2006 as output

diminished from the Sangu gas field.

The country's sole offshore gas well, Sangu-11, was permanently closed in October 2013. As a result,

some plants are running below the capacity and a few have been shut due to non-availability of gas.

Sources said the LNG terminal will supply gas to a proposed 1,000 MW combined cycle power plant

as well as the existing power plants in Raozan and Sikalbaha through a planned pipeline.

Bangladesh is also looking at setting up a floating LNG import facility in Bay of Bengal. The Floating

Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) of 500 million cubic feet a day capacity can however meet

only a part of the growing demand for gas in power, fertiliser, factory and industry. lng-plans- rs-5000- crore-

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