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Green signal sought for LNG terminal in Kochi

NEW DELHI, AUG. 26. A delegation of MPs from Kerala today met the Union Petroleum Minister, Mani Shankar Aiyar, and sought immediate clearance for the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal in Kochi by giving Petronet the green signal to start its construction. A day after the Centre gave its nod to the award of contract for development and operation of an International Container Trans-shipment Terminal at Vallarpadom in Kochi, MPs from Kerala sought the Minister's intervention in ensuring immediate clearance of the LNG Terminal.

Two proposals

The memorandum pointed out that way back in 1998, proposals were considered and adopted to put up an LNG Terminal in Kochi to ease the problem of the prevailing high cost of feedstock and energy inputs in Kerala that severely hampered further industrialisation of the State. There were two proposals, one by Petronet and the other by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), for setting up the terminal, it said. The NTPC proposal came up later as part of the expansion of their power plant at Kayamkulam from 390 MW to 1,950 MW. The Janata Dal Parliamentary party leader, M.P. Veerendrakumar, and the CPI(M) leader, K. Chandran Pillai, were among those who met Mr. Aiyar. - PTI

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