MRPL, a unit of Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), will explore a possibility of setting up a fixed or landbased LNG import terminal as well as a floating receipt facility on highseas.
The company yesterday signed an MoU with New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) to study the feasibility of setting up an LNG re-gassification terminal at Mangalore, the company said in a statement.
The MOU, signed by MRPL Managing Director H Kumar and NMPT Chairman P C Parida, "facilitates MRPL to initiate feasibility and other associated studies to identify the most suitable location for the facility, and to consider the option of setting up LNG terminal/ Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU)," it said.
The ONGC terminal was to have an initial capacity of 2-3 million tonnes, which can be expanded to five million tonnes later.

MRPL itself will be a big consumer of gas. Also, its petrochemical plants will also use gas.
Additionally, Mangalore hosts an iron ore industry, fertiliser plants and their ancillary industrial units. Currently, these industries are using heavy liquid sources like fuel oil and naphtha for their energy and feedstock needs.
Considering the growing demand of energy coupled with increasing focus on environment, there is a strong case for environment-friendly LNG replacing these polluting fuels, it said.


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