India’s new liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Mundra is expected to boost utilisation from 45 percent to 55 percent within four to six months, a senior company official said.

Jointly owned by Gujarat State Petroleum Corp (GSPC) and Adani Group through GSPC LNG, the terminal in western Gujarat has annual capacity of five million tonnes, and its current throughput is running at over 2.2 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), GSPC’s managing director Sanjeev Kumar said.

The terminal in the western state of Gujarat is currently connected to Anjar in southern Kutch — which is about 40 kilometres away from Kandla port — through a gas pipeline that has a diameter of 32-inches.

Another pipeline connecting Anjar to Banaskantha district in Gujarat only has a diameter of 18-inches, which limits the terminal’s utilisation.

To increase offtake from the terminal, Gujarat State Petronet Limited (GSPL) plans to lay an additional 300-350 kilometre pipeline connecting Anjar to Banaskantha, Kumar said. Once regulatory approvals are granted, it will take about two years before the pipeline will be ready, he added.

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26th October 2020