HYDERABAD: Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) needs to adopt active measures to set up re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) terminal in the Krishna-Godavari Basin, said Mr BC Tripathi, Chairman of GAIL..
Mr Tripathi has called on the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy and outlined the plans of GAIL. In the initial stage, a floating terminal is mulled to be established. After it attains success, a land-based terminal will be established in the state via the Andhra Pradesh Gas Distribution Corporation (APGDC).
This move has come after the requests made by the Chief Minister to the Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mr Jaipal Reddy, to intervene and also to start needed steps to establish an RLNG terminal in the state via APGDC, where GAIL holds 50% equity stake.
The RLNG terminal, when established, is likely to make sure that uninterrupted supply of natural gas to the industries to fulfill the shortfall. A suitable location along the 974-km-long coastline is expected to be chosen to set up the RLNG terminal. As the state have got a natural gas pipeline infrastructure, it would be useful for the evacuation and supply gas to few of the industrial establishments.
Ceramic and glass industries, which have commenced their projects in the state, will consume RLNG. The PCPIR (Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region) which is to be set up along the Vizag-Kakinada corridor is likely to be one of the big consumers of RLNG.
The State Government has been giving support to set up the RLNG terminal by offering technical support, land and other nods.