LNG Terminal Development :
The Karaikal LNG import facility is being built on a 12 hectare site at Karaikal Port, with an initial capacity of one million tonnes per annum (mtpa), which is being planned to be expanded to six mtpa in a phased manner.
The LNG import terminal is being built inside the breakwater at Karaikal port by global downstream gas and LNG logistics company, AG&P, who are the operators of the facility. The Karaikal LNG Import Facility will be a landmark infrastructure development for the region, adding to the port’s successful operations as a center for trade in the southeast.
The groundbreaking for the new LNG import terminal happened in Feb, 2020 in presence of Shri. V. Narayanasamy – Hon’ble Chief Minister of Puducherry, Shri. M. Kandasamy – Hon’ble Minister of Ports, Social Welfare and pollution Control, Puducherry and Shri. A. Anbarasu, IAS, Development Commissioner and Secretary – Ports, Government of Puducherry.The facility is ideally located for reaching the region’s hinterland manufacturing clusters which are home to a wide range of industries including agriculture (sugar, coconut, poultry), textiles, steel, cement and engineering goods, power plants and other processing factories.
The terminal will supply regassified natural gas to the customers connected to the Cauvery Basin Natural Gas Pipeline who are currently facing a shortage of 0.6 MMTPA of Natural Gas to meet its existing demand. The additional demand of City gas distribution is also expected to be catered through this terminal. The terminal will also cater to switching demand of high cost alternate liquid fuels through LNG Road tankers to various customers located in central Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry state which are not connected to the pipeline grid.
- Environmental clearance received in November 2018
- The project involves a permanently moored FSU (Floating Storage Unit) inside the breakwater at the terminal and will store the LNG
- The re-gasification facility will be developed on shore through 125 mmcfd re-gas modules
- The re-gasified gas will be pumped through the GAIL gas pipeline to customers
- The terminal will have LNG truck-loading facility to cater to customer’s demand through trucks.
LPG Terminal :
Karaikal Port is envisaging setting up a LPG terminal with a strategic investor to cater to the demand of LPG market within its Hinterland.
Proposed Infrastructure for handling POL and Chemical Cargoes :
- 60,000 CBM storage facility has been proposed at Port for POL and Chemical cargoes.
- A dedicated Jetty for import of crude cargo through Suez Max Tankers (DWT – 180,000 MT) and product export Jetty for LR Tankers (DWT- 80,000 MT)
- Jetty and shore side facilities for handling of Offshore Exploration and Production activities in the region.
- Karaikal Port is working with CPCL on the proposed 9 MMPTA CBR Refinery expansion which is expected to be operational by 2022. The port has the potential to handle upto 14 MMTPA of Crude, Petroleum and Chemical products.
Upgrading/addition of existing Tank Farms :
- Karaikal Port has existing capacity of 19,000 KL and will be adding 12,000 KL to the existing tank farms.
- The tanks can handle products like Bitumen, Sulphuric Acid, Phosphoric Acid, Caustic Soda Lye, Lube Oils, etc..,