Naresh, a fisherman, used to live in a village with a barren coastline. Today the coastline – along the Hazira peninsula – thrives with mangrove plantations. Mudskippers and crabs have flourished, and locals go there for their daily catch. “I can easily get my food here,” said Naresh.
He is one of several thousand local residents who have benefitted from the coastline restoration project. It started when Shell and a joint venture partner decided to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in 2005. The terminal operates and supplies LNG to many customers across different industries. It is one of the largest international investments in India’s emerging energy sector and has reduced the country’s energy supply shortfall as demand has grown.
In tandem with the construction, the partners decided to also help regenerate an area of 1,200 hectares in the peninsula. They worked with the government and local residents, as well as a local non-government organization.