The terminal will serve as a gateway for entry of natural gas to the southern and western parts of the country. The terminal is operated by RGPPL, a joint venture between GAIL and NTPC, as a major shareholder with the remaining equity being held by financial institutions and MSEB. GAIL, the commercial operator of the terminal, arranged commissioning cargo for the terminal in December 2012.
The commissioning of the Dhabol re-gasification terminal provides access to natural gas to the southern and western states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. GAIL is also at an advanced stage of commissioning the 1,400 km Dhabol-Bengaluru pipeline system.
GAIL plans to maximise the capacity of the terminal re-gasification and storage facilities by leveraging the line-pack of over 10,000 km of cross-country pipeline network.
Chairman and Managing Director for GAIL, Shri BC Tripathi, said that the capacity of the terminal will be expanded to 7.5 mmtpa and then to 10 mmtpa in the next two to three years. Mr Tripathi also said that GAIL is pursuing LNG terminal/FSRU opportunities on the eastern coast of the country
GAIL, as a commercial operator of the Dabhol terminal, has underwritten the re-gas capacity of the Terminal for 25 years in order to lend support to the project. In the immediate future, the gas from the terminal will cater to the demand of the customers in Maharashtra through GAIL’s Dabhol-Panvel pipeline connected to Maharashtra’s regional pipeline network.
The commissioning of the Dabhol terminal along with GAIL’s cross-country gas pipeline network is poised to integrate the entire gas market of India from Bhatinda/Nangal in North to Kochi in South spanning a gas grid over 3,400 km.