A high powered team from Shell and Richard Hyde, British Deputy High Commissioner, Hyderabad on Thursday called on State Infrastructure Minister to discuss their plans to set up a LNG project in Andhra Pradesh.

The delegation including Roger Bounds, Shell Vice President Global LNG and Sander Stegenga, Shell Chief Executive Officer, Andhra LNG and other met with Ganta Srinivasa Rao, State Minister for Infrastructure and investment, port, airport and natural gas.

They were here to discuss plans for an LNG project proposed to be taken up at Kakinada deep water port.

The delegation requested the Andhra Pradesh Government support in taking up the project to set up a Floating Storage Re-gasification project at Kakinada.

According to a statement, the delegation was assured that the matter will be taken up with the state Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and for follow up action keeping State’s interests in view.

The State is starved of gas and several gas-fired power plants are lying idle without gas supplies. The gas flow has come down as output has dwindled from the Krishna Godavari basin fields of Reliance Industries Limited.

The State Government through Andhra Pradesh Gas Power Corporation has also initiated a project for floating re-gasification terminal in partnership with Gail Gas Limited, a subsidiary of Gail Limited and expects this to come up by second half of 2014.

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(This article was published on June 13, 2013)