Power generation at Dabhol dips by 14%

Power generation at Dabhol dips by 14%

New Delhi: Electricity generation at the Dabhol power plant in Maharashtra has dipped by more than 14% after a reduction in gas supply to the unit.

The total requirement of regasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) for operation of block two and three at base load is 5.7 million standard cu. m per day (mscmd). But from 14 December, suppliers of RLNG— GAIL India Ltd Ltd, Indian Oil Corp. Ltd, Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd—have disbursed only 4.506mscmd.

“The sudden reduction in RLNG supply is adversely affecting generation. From 14 December, power generation has reduced to about 1,080MW from 1,260MW and if full supply of gas is not resumed, the generation is going to reduce further," a government official said.

The reason for cut in gas supplies was not immediately known since Petronet LNG Ltd, the firm importing LNG for the Dabhol power plant, said it had not reduced the flow of gas to GAIL.

Petronet has arranged 1.5 million tonnes (mt) of LNG from Qatar for the Dabhol plant till next December.

The cut in power generation at Dabhol has come as a shock to Maharashtra that is currently facing an acute power crisis with peak shortage of more than 4,500MW. The outage in urban areas of the state ranges between 3 hours and 7 hours and in rural areas between 11 hours and 13?hours.?The?official said two out of the three power blocks at the plant are at present operational. The third is likely to go on stream in February next year when gas requirement would rise further.

The Dabhol plant, established by US energy firm Enron Corp., is now run by Ratnagiri Gas and Power Pvt. Ltd—a joint venture of state-run power generating company NTPC Ltd and gas utility GAIL.