Mumbai: Petroleum Minister Murli Deora has agreed to increase the supply of gas from state-owned companies like ONGC and GAIL to run the power plants at Uran and Dabhol in Maharashtra which may partially ease the power situation in the state.
According to a press release of the state government, Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh met Deora to demand increased gas supply to feed the Uran and Dabhol power plants owing to festivals like Ganpati, Ramazan and Navratri. The press note further stated that the power generation from these plants could go up by 200 to 540 MW after the additional gas is received.
Currently, Uran power plant is generating only 350 to 450 MW of power against its capacity of 852 MW.
Mahagenco, the power generation arm of the state government has managed to convince ONGC to reduce the price of natural gas from %16.87 per mmbtu to $11.