The Dabhol-based Ratnagiri Gas and Power Private Ltd that supplies 950 MW of power to the state-owned distribution company will be able to generate 1,880 MW — its full capacity — by March 2010 because of more assured gas supply.
This will mean less power cuts in electricity-starved Maharashtra.
On Friday, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan got an assurance from Union Petroleum Minister Murali Deora that the Central Government would provide 8.5 million cubic metres a day (MMSCMD) of gas required for firing the full-capacity plant.
Currently, the plant gets 2.5 MMSCMD of gas supply but it will need more once its three damaged units are repaired in phases over next seven months.
Chavan also demanded assured gas supply of 5.4 MMSCMD for state-owned Uran power project that can take its daily generation to 1,220 MW from existing 850 MW.
However, Deora asked him to wait till the Centre got gas from the Krisha Godavari basin after two months.