The ground breaking ceremony for setting up an LNG Import facility by AG&P (Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Company of Manila) at Karaikal Port was held in the presence of top government and senior company officials here on Thursday.
The LNG Import facility at Karaikal Port in Puducherry in coming up on a 12 hectare site and is expected to commence commercial operations by fourth quarter of 2021, officials said. Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy, AG&P Group, chief executive officer JM Sigelman, Karaikal Port CEO Muralidharan took part in the ground breaking ceremony.
The new terminal on becoming operational would provide natural gas to power plants besides industrial and commercial operations within a 300kms radius.
Karaikal LNG would serve the gas networks of AG&P and other city gas companies that bring CNG and LNG to vehicles and piped natural gas to households and other establishments, company officials said.
“AG&P is deeply honoured to have the opportunity to bring Karaikal LNG to fast-growing and dynamic Southeast India. It will become a landmark infrastructure development for the region,” AG&P CEO, JM Sigelman said.
Karaikal LNG is a cornerstone project for Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka that would provide clean and affordable fuel, he said.
AG&P Terminals and Logistics President Karthik Sahtyamoorthy said “with the addition of LNG import terminal, Karaikal Port will become a gateway for the delivery of cleaner and lower-cost fuel to downstream demand centres.”
“Our goal is to bring down the unit cost of regasification terminals for smaller volumes to make LNG commercially viable for customers,” he said.