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Power crunch: DLF to set up 4 gas-based plants

Reeling under a severe power crunch with little supply from state-owned agencies, realty major DLF Group has realised it is high time it did something on its own, reports Sanjeev K Ahuja.

delhi Updated: Aug 31, 2008 23:08 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Reeling under a severe power crunch with little supply from state-owned agencies, realty major DLF Group has realised it is high time it did something on its own.

To begin with, it has decided to set up four small gas-based power generation plants of 45-50 MW capacity for its hi-rise commercial buildings.

The electricity generated will be used to power a number of hi-rises housing multinational companies in the IT sector and other offices.

The group has plans to supply the self-generated power to its residential areas also, provided it gets the necessary clearance from the government, its officials said.

“We have a case of power distribution pending with the Haryana Electricity Regularity Authority. If we get the permission, we will supply power to our residential areas also,” said K.K. Bhattacharya of DLF Utilities Private Limited.

Bhattacharya said the decision to set up the power plants was taken after the successful commissioning of a 10 MW gas-based power unit at Infinity Towers in DLF Cyber City.

“Set up in 2006, this plant in the basement of the building made this complex 100 per cent self-reliant on the power front. Also, the surplus heat emitted by the generators was used in cooling plants,” said Bhattacharya.

The plant recently got the National Award for Excellence in Energy Management by CII.

Bhattacharya said that DLF planned to set up four gas-based power generation plants with a capacity of 45-50 MW each.

“With these plants, we will be able to cater to a number of hi-rise commercial towers housing multinational companies. These generators will be set up in basements and will not occupy any space on the ground,” Bhattacharya said.