Dabhol power station needs gas

Vol 15, PW 22 (17 May 12) News in Brief

NTPC and GAIL joint venture Ratnagiri Gas says it will fail to meet its electricity generation target at the 1967-MW gas-fired Dabhol power station in Maharashtra.

Ratnagiri blames gas supply cuts from the Reliance-operated D6 block. Since November 2011, the station has been receiving only 7m cm/d of D6 gas against an allocation of 7.6m cm/d.

Power ministry officials wrote to oil ministry joint secretary Neeraj Mittal on May 2, asking him to restore Dabhol’s gas supplies while stressing that under government rules power producers must get equal priority to fertiliser manufacturers for gas supplies. “There’s a substantial cut in D6 supplies to Dabhol since November,” writes the power ministry.

“This will place Ratnagiri’s station at great risk of not meeting annual generation target for ‘full fixed cost recovery’. But fertiliser sector has no gas cut till date.

” Dabhol, formerly promoted by disgraced energy trader Enron, is 330-km south of Mumbai.