GANDHINAGAR: Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister, Gujarat, said on Tuesday, September 15, that Bhavnagar will soon become the world’s first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) terminal in the world. This comes after the state government approved sanction of Rs 1,900 crore brownfield project. The terminal will have a capacity of 15 lakh tons annually. The project will be implemented by a consortium of developers, including the Padmanabh Mafatlal Group and one from the Netherlands.
According to the state government, Rs 1,300 will be invested in the first phase of the brownfield project which is part of an ambitious mega project. As part of this mega project, focus will be on development of Bhavnagar, where a liquid cargo terminal (45 lakh container capacity), White Cargo terminal and Ro-Ro ferry services terminal would be developed. In order to develop this terminal, dredging and construction of two lock gates will be carried out in the channel and port basin. In addition to this, infrastructure facilities will also be set up on the shore for CNG transportation. As a result of these developments, Bhavnagar port’s annual cargo capacity will increase to nine million metric tons.
According to the state government, the project will also create vast employment opportunities for youth residing in Bhavangar and adjoining areas in the fields of logistics, transportation and warehousing. Rupani also announced that due to this, Gujarat will also become the only state in the country to have both a CNG and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal.