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Petronet to form JV with Japanese, Sri Lankan firms for LNG plant

The capacity of the LNG terminal will be decided upon the gas demand in Sri Lanka

BS Reporter  |  New Delhi 

Petronet to set up LNG terminal in Colombo

LNG, India’s largest importer will set up an terminal in Sri Lankan capital in a joint venture with Sri Lankan and Japanese

The matter was under discussion since last year. During the visit of External Affairs Minister to on September 1, the Sri Lankan government issued a Letter of Intent.

“A joint venture of Limited along with Japanese and Sri Lankan will develop an Terminal in Sri Lanka to provide regassified natural gas to various power plants, domestic and transport sectors in Sri Lanka. The capacity of the Terminal will be decided upon the gas demand in Sri Lanka and is expected to be developed in 2 years after completion of initial formalities,” said a public statement by the company.

said the terminal would be set up on the western coast of Sri Lanka in close vicinity of where most of the power projects (operating mainly on costly liquid fuel) are located. The Metropolitan Area is inhabited by more than 5 million people or roughly 25 per cent of the total population of Sri Lanka generating over 50 per cent of the GDP.

"The terminal near would improve the economics of various power plants and also generate immense direct and indirect benefits for vast majority of Sri Lankan people," the statement said. 

First Published: Wed, September 06 2017. 19:23 IST