Capacity expansion at NTPC still on track

Vol 3, PW 22 (24 Nov 99) News in Brief

Indias power ministry is denying reports that it has cancelled a gas-fired capacity expansion programme at four of its power plants.

On 15th November, power minister Rangarajan Kumaramangalam was widely (mis) quoted saying he has shelved plans to increase capacity at Gandhar (648-MW), Kawas (645-MW), Anta (413-MW) and Auriya (652-MW) by 650-MW each. A power ministry official confirms to Petrowatch that plans to source regassified LNG from Pipavav for Kawas and Gandhar, and from Dahej for Anta and Auriya, remain firmly on track.

The mix-up stems from comments made by Kumaramangalam about the impact on the Indian power sector of a steep rise in international liquid fuel prices. Reliance and Enron, meanwhile, are reported to have offered NTPC natural gas for the four power plants from their Tapti concession on the Bombay Offshore.