Adani has formally written to the two state-owned firms offering them 49 percent stake in the 5 million tonnes a year liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal planned at Dhamra by 2018-19, sources privy to the development said.

IOC had last year signed up to use 60 percent of the terminal capacity for importing gas for its refineries at Haldia in West Bengal and Paradip in Odisha.

GAIL too had signed up for 1.5 million tonnes of the terminal's regassification capacity. The two firms have agreed to take equity in the project but they are yet to decide on the proportion in which the 49 per cent stake would be split, sources said.

GAIL and IOC were initially bargaining for 50 percent stake in the project but Adani wanted to retaining controlling 51 percent interest.

Equity in Adani terminal follows GAIL in March last year dropping plans to set up a floating LNG import terminal at Paradip. IOC too had in 2012 signed an MoU with Dhamra LNG Port Corp Ltd (DPCL) to develop a LNG terminal at the port.

After shelving their respective plans, the firms in May last year signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dhamra LNG Terminal Pvt Ltd, a firm owned by Adani Enterprises, for 5 million tonnes a year LNG import terminal.

Dhamra will be the sixth LNG project announced on the east coast. While GAIL has dropped plans of a four million tonnes project at Paradip, Petronet LNG Ltd -- a firm in which GAIL and IOC are promoters -- has cold-storage plans to set up a five million tonnes a year LNG import facility at Gangavaram in Andhra Pradesh.

GAIL, along with GdF and Shell, has proposed a 3.5 million tonnes floating LNG terminal at Kakinada while IOC is building a five million tonnes facility at Ennore in Tamil Nadu.

Real estate player Hiranandani Group plans to set up a Rs 2,400 crore, 4 million tonnes floating LNG import terminal off Haldia in West Bengal.

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