Govt auctions imported natural gas to revive 5 GW of power capacity

Nine gas-based power plants in south India, stranded for non-availability of fuel, have been given about 10 mmscmd of imported natural gas


Based on the reverse e-auction, gas is allotted to plants that require least amount of government support from the Power System Development Fund. Photo: Reuters
Based on the reverse e-auction, gas is allotted to plants that require least amount of government support from the Power System Development Fund. Photo: Reuters

New Delhi: Nine gas-based power plants in south India that were stranded for non-availability of fuel have been given about 10 million standard cubic metres a day (mmscmd) of imported natural gas, the power ministry said after concluding auctions for the gas.

Based on the reverse e-auction, gas is allotted to plants that require least amount of government support from the Power System Development Fund. The idea is to help the most viable among the stranded plants to get operational first. Financial support of Rs.187 crore will go to these plants, the power ministry stated.

The plants with an installed capacity of 5 gigawatt (GW) will generate 8.81 billion units of electricity which will be supplied at or below Rs.4.7 a unit to distribution companies between 1 October 2016 and 31 March 2017. The fourth auction of imported gas meant to revive stranded power projects was concluded on 3 September.

About half of the 14 GW of gas-based capacity that lacked fuel supplies participated in the auction. The country has a total grid-connected gas-based power generation capacity of 24 GW.

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