With the initiation of LNG terminal by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday, Kerala now is on its path towards energy security. Though the project has a long way to go but the future looks promising as the plans are to maximise the capacity. The terminal presently has a capacity of 5MMTPA and is aiming for bulk consumption.
The flow of gas from the terminal started just after the first vessel from Qatar carrying 1,23,000 cubic meters of gas which was offloaded in August-September. This was followed by another vessel with 1,38,000 cubic meters of liquefied gas which reached the terminal a month later
Apart from the various industries which are planning to switch to natural gas, the firm is targeting the domestic sector as well. The percentage of domestic consumption is expected to take a firm position within a couple of years. The process has been already initiated by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Board, the authorized body to distribute natural gas to homes under the City Gas project. The civil body is currently inviting tenders for ensuring appropriate infrastructure for the domestic supply.
With more states following the footsteps of Kerala, we may soon be able to witness the #EnergySecureIndia.