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Gas trouble for Bawana power plant

The Delhi government's ambitious Bawana plant, built at a cost of R4,500 crore, may not start producing power anytime in the near future.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2012 23:24 IST
Atul Mathur

The Delhi government's ambitious Bawana plant, built at a cost of R4,500 crore, may not start producing power anytime in the near future.

Senior Delhi government sources said Reliance Industries has expressed its helplessness to provide gas to Delhi to run the plant.

Delhi chief secretary Praveen Kumar Tripathi said the union ministry of petroleum and natural gas had recently allocated gas for Delhi's Bawana plant.

"We now have to sign an agreement with Reliance Industries for the supply of gas. If the company fails to abide by the central government's order, we will take up the matter at the minister's level," Tripathi said.

Delhi currently produces 1200 MW electricity. It gets about 3,000 MW as its share produced at central government power generation plants.

With the demand likely to touch 5,400 MW during peak summer this year, the Delhi power department was depending on electricity generated at the Bawana plant to meet the requirement with minimum purchase from other states.

A power department official said the Delhi government had constructed the Bawana plant on the central government's assurance to provide gas.

The 1500-mega watt plant was supposed to be made operational before the Commonwealth Games.

Along with the previous allocation of 0.93 metric million centimetres per day (mmcd, the measuring unit of gas), Delhi government was expecting to run one of its two units of 750 MW with the new allocation of 1.56 mmcd.

Sources in the power department said Reliance had already signed contracts with several other companies to supply gas it generates at KG-D6 gas fields. The company will have to cut supply to other companies to provide gas to Delhi.

"Though we are producing some electricity at Bawana, we can utilise our one generation unit to the optimum if we get this gas. We hope to reach a solution very soon. We hope Reliance Industries will start supplying us the allocated gas," Tripathi said.