World’s first CNG terminal
Prime Minister Modi laid foundation stone for the world’s first CNG terminal in Gujarat.
- The world’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) terminal will be set up close to Gujarat’s Bhavnagar port.
- The terminal will be built by a private consortium of Mumbai-based Padmanabhan Mafatlal Group and the UK’s Foresight Group.
- This large terminal can handle 1.5 million metric tonnes each year.
- The project will be supported by the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB), which is currently managing the Bhavnagar Port.
- It is being implemented using a public-private-partnership approach.
- Besides the CNG terminal, the private consortium will equip the Bhavnagar Port with additional facilities like ultra-modern container terminal, multipurpose terminal (LPG and Chemical), a Ro-Ro (roll-on/roll-off) terminal for cargo ships that can load and unload wheeled objects such as trolleys and cars, and a liquid cargo terminal.
- It will also have the fourth largest lock gate system in the world. This is necessary since the high tides can reach around 10 meters and Bhavnagar creek attracts a large amount of sediment in the form of silt. The lock gate system has been set up to stop these sediments from entering into the port basin. This reduces the cost of dredging inside the port.
- The terminal will have direct doorstep connectivity to the existing roadway and railway network connecting to the large industrial zones, dedicated freight corridors and India’s northern hinterland.
- The estimated cost of the project is Rs.4,000 crore and Rs.1,300 will be invested in the first phase of the project.
- The construction of this terminal is expected to start in the first quarter of next year after the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) gives the nod to the detailed project report.
- The terminal will start operations in 2026.
Category: Economy & Banking Current Affairs - 2022
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