Kochi LNG Terminal

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Kochi LNG Terminal is an LNG terminal in Kerala, India.


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Project Details

  • Owner: Petronet LNG (a joint venture of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation [ONGC--12.5%], Indian Oil Corporation [IOCL--12.5%], Bharat Petroleum Corporation [BPCL--12.5%], and GAIL India[12.5%], the Indian public [50%])[1]
  • Location: Puthuvype, Kochi, Kerala, India[1]
  • Coordinates: 9.9787, 76.2261 (exact)
  • Capacity: 5 mtpa, 0.72 bcfd[1]
  • Status: Operating[1]
  • Type: Import[1]
  • Start Year: 2013[1]

Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day


Kochi LNG Terminal is an LNG terminal in Kerala, India.[2]

Petronet expects Kochi LNG Terminal to be connected via the Kochi-Koottanad-Bangalore-Mangalore Gas Pipeline to industries further north by 2019, increasing demand and its running capacity to 40 percent.[3] In 2017 the terminal was operating at 10 percent of capacity, with only two local customers. Petronet has been waiting for GAIL to settle resistance with landowners over the pipeline's construction, while the government urges them to resolve disputes.[4]

In November 2020, the expansion of the pipeline connecting the Kochi LNG terminal to the grid was completed, allowing an increase in the terminal’s utilisation rate.[5]


Police removed protesters who had disrupted the functioning of Kochi LNG in June of 2017. According to police, 204 protestors were arrested. The Varapuzha archbishop, Joseph Kalathilparambil, condemned the arrest, saying that "Abolishing people's protest is not the right way. There are more than 1,000 families residing in a one kilometer radius of the project. The people are apprehensive about the project leading to disasters in the future."[6]

In December 2019, protestors launched an indefinite satyagraha (a form of non-violent protest) against the project before the Elamkunnappuzha panchayat village office. A march was also being planned.[7]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Dahej LNG Import Terminal NS Energy Business, accessed March 31, 2021
  2. Kochi LNG Terminal, GEO, accessed April 2017
  3. India's Petronet LNG sees Kochi terminal at 40 pct capacity by 2019, Promit Mukherjee, Reuters, January 2017
  4. Petronet eyes 2019 rescue for nearly idle $700 million Kochi LNG terminal, Debjit Chakraborty and Rajesh Kumar Singh, Live Mint, July 2017
  5. GIIGNL 2021 Annual Report, accessed May 5, 2021
  6. Police arrest 204 for protest against Puthyvype LNG plant, The Times of India, 15 June 2017
  7. Satyagraha a token protest of people against the project The Hindu, December 18, 2019

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