Kochi India PMC
Whessoe has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract for a prestigious LNG project in India. The contract, for project management consultancy, has been awarded by Petronet LNG Ltd as part of the development and construction of an LNG receiving terminal at Kochi in the State of Kerala in Southern India.
Owner and Client Petronet is one of the fastest growing world class companies in the Indian energy sector. It has already set up and is operating the country’s first LNG import terminal at Dahej in Gujarat. The terminal at Kochi will be capable of receiving and storing LNG and will have an initial regasification capacity of 2.5 MTPA with the potential to expand to 5 MTPA. It is planned to be fully operational in 2012.
The complete terminal will include two LNG storage tanks of 155,000m3 capacity, a regasification plant and a marine terminal with 320m jetty, complete with LNG unloading arms to receive ocean going LNG carriers.
This is Whessoe’s first major PMC award and demonstrates the value and expertise that specialist cryogenic engineering contractors can bring to clients such as Petronet. India is one of Whessoe’s major markets and this award strengthens their portfolio and presence in South Asia.
The owner’s strategy is to engage international EPC contractors, and Whessoe, as the owner’s representative, is planning to place dedicated engineering teams in the contractor’s offices to monitor their activities on the project. PMC site staff mobilisation has commenced to monitor construction works.
The Whessoe project team is based at the Darlington head office in the UK and on site in India. The team is led by Whessoe Project Director Gordon Franklin, whose previous projects have included the Dabhol LNG terminal in India.