Hiranandani Energy, the energy arm of Hiranandani Group, today said it has commenced the construction work of jetty for the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) project at the Jaigarh port in Maharashtra. The company is developing a FSRU-based LNG re-gasification terminal with JSW Jaigarh Port with a capacity of 4 MMTPA, which will ultimately be expanded to 8 MMTPA. "We are committed to deliver a commercially viable and environmentally friendly solution to the country. The commencement of the jetty construction work at Jaigarh Port is a major step in the development of the LNG re-gasification project," H-Energy CEO Darshan Hiranandani said. He said the strategic partnership and association with JSW is a perfect fit in the development of infrastructure for importing much needed natural gas into the country. "The FSRU charter agreement will be the last major milestone in the project. We have 3 shortlisted bidders and are hopeful to finalise this soon," Hiranandani said. "We hope to commence commercial operations of the LNG facilities before December 2018," he added. Once operational, this will be the fifth LNG import terminal on the west coast. The west coast already has four LNG import terminals including: Dahej and Hazira in Gujarat; Dabhol in Maharashtra and Kochi in Kerala. Jaigarh also houses the 5 million tones Dabhol LNG terminal operated by gas utility Gail India. Also Watch: In addition to building the marine infrastructure in the port of Jaigarh to import and re-gasify the LNG, the project scope also includes construction of gas pipeline of around 60 km in length connecting the Jaigarh terminal to the existing natural gas pipeline network at Dabhol, the company said. According to the agreement, Jaigarh Port shall manage the construction of the jetty civil works and has appointed L&T Infrastructure Engineering Ltd., Chennai for jetty design. The civil construction works of the LNG jetty has been awarded to ITD Cementation, Mumbai. H-Energy and Jaigarh Port have jointly appointed COWI India Private Limited, Chennai to supervise the jetty construction. "Connected to the terminal, H-Energy's Jaigarh \u2013 Mangalore pipeline development is also making substantial progress on its regulatory approvals and route surveys. It will be a lifeline to the Konkan region and Coastal Karnataka for the provision of natural gas to industry and homes," Hiranandani added. H-Energy through its gas marketing company is negotiating medium and short term LNG sourcing and downstream gas supply contracts providing end-to-end gas solutions to the downstream customers.