Union Shipping Ministry plans LNG bunker near Mumbai

The Union Shipping Ministery is mulling a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering facility at Dharamtar Creek near Mumbai.

According to a DNA report, this will be similar to the one being set up within the premises of Haldia Dock Complex on the eastern coast.

It quoted Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari as saying, “a vessel sails between Mumbai-Goa and uses LNG as a fuel, the fuel cost saving will be up to 75%,”

Atul Patne, chief executive officer of Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) said, “Discussions are going on with two oil marketing companies (OMCs) – Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL). Soon, one of the two OMCs will be provided with land on lease to have an LNG bunker.”

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