Shutdown of ONGC's Hazira gas processing plant due to floods has forced Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL), the lone supplier of piped and compressed natural gas in the national capital, to stop supplies to hotels.
"We have asked the hotels to resort to alternative fuel as we are diverting all supplies to hospitals and CNG stations," IGL Managing Director AK De said.
Gas supplies to IGL have been disrupted after ONGC's Hazira gas processing complex was shutdown on Monday night due to floods in Gujarat.
The shutdown of the Hazira plant has reduced supplies into the Hazira-Vijaipur-Jagdidhpur (HVJ) pipeline to 18 million standard cubic metres per day (mscmd) from the regassification plant of Petronet LNG at Dahej.
Natural gas production has also been stopped in the ONGC-Reliance-British Gas operated Panna/Mukta and Tapti fields from where over 40 million standard cubic metres per day of gas is supplied for power and fertiliser plants and CNG operations in Delhi.
He, however, said that there was no reason to panic as the company had enough gas supplies to last it well over a week.
He said that gas supplies to Delhi's CNG-run public transport system, households which use piped natural gas, various commercial establishments, hospitals and even temples had not been affected.
IGL has 146 CNG stations, including two in Noida, and has connected to over 53,000 domestic households, 222 small commercial customers and 41 large commercial customers.
In the case of six industries that were availing IGL supplies, they were being provided with regassified LNG.