Staff Reporter

Natural gas to find more takers following commissioning of Petronet plant

KOZHIKODE: Natural gas will find more takers in North Kerala once the Petronet Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Regasification Plant is commissioned in Kochi in 2009, M.J. Mohan, general manager, BPCL, and head of the Gas Task Force, has said.

Talking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, Mr. Mohan said that the Kasaragod Power Corporation, Nallam Diesel Plant and the Western Indian Plywoods and other power-consuming units were potential clients.

He said the various power plants proposed in the region would also increase the scope of consumption of natural gas.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will lay the foundation stone on February 4 for the Rs.2,500-crore LNG plant in Kochi, which is expected to be commissioned by 2009. The construction work will commence in June, he said.

The project set up by Petronet LNG, a joint venture by GAIL(India), ONGC, IOC and the BPCL, is expected to meet the natural gas needs of customers in western Tamil Nadu and southern Karnataka, besides customers in the entire State.

Natural gas will be provided either as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) to customers in industrial, automobile and domestic sectors.

A pipeline to carry natural gas will be laid from Palakkad connecting Salem, Erode and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, while pipes from Kanjikode will be connected to Mangalore through Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod.