GAIL (India) has announced the successful commissioning of the Dabhol LNG terminal located at Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, around 340 km south of Mumbai.

This 5 million tonnes capacity LNG terminal has been set up with an investment of Rs.4,000 crore and will go a long way in meeting the demand of user industries in Maharashtra.

Gas from this terminal would be supplied to southern states through a pipeline that would be commissioned by the end of this month, GAIL (India) Chairman and Managing Director B. C. Tripathi told journalists in Mumbai after commissioning the LNG terminal.

“The Dabhol LNG terminal would serve as a gateway for entry of natural gas to the southern and western parts of the country. GAIL is the commercial operator of the terminal and had arranged commissioning cargo for the terminal in December 2012,” Mr. Tripathi said.

The terminal is operated by RGPPL, a joint venture of GAIL (India) and NTPC. GAIL had taken this terminal for a 25-year lease and had announced plans to enhance its capacity to 10 million tonnes in four years in two phases. This would involve an investment of Rs.3,200 crore, Mr. Tripathi said.

The transport and the household segments will also get the opportunity to utilise the clean fuel at cities and towns en-route the pipeline corridor. GAIL, he said, was also pursuing LNG terminal opportunities along the eastern coast.