No gas leaves GSPC power plant idle

Vol 17, PW 16 (27 Mar 14) News in Brief

GSPC finished commissioning the first 702.86-MW phase of its 2100-MW gas-fired Pipavav power station in Gujarat earlier this month (March).

But it isn't celebrating because there's no cheap domestic gas available to run the station, which means it joins a list of about a dozen or more stranded power projects in the state. Unit-1 of Pipavav achieved its full 351.43-MW load after commissioning began on February 5, consuming 2.58m cubic metres of R-LNG supplied by GSPC.

Commissioning took 30 to 35 days. Unit-2 of the same capacity achieved full load in March last year.

“Technically the first phase is ready to generate power,” a GSPC source tells us. “But where is the gas” GSPC has written letters to the power ministry demanding a firm allocation of at least 3.66m cm/d of gas, but still awaits a reply.

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for Pipavav almost seven years ago on October 8, 2007.

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