Petronet to supply LNG to Delhi

With an eye on ensuring adequate power supply in the Capital in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Petronet LNG will supply 6 mmscmd (million standard cubic metres per day) of LNG to Delhi?s three gas-fired power plants from 2009.

The gas will be used for Bawana plant (1,000MW), Pragati II (330MW), both these plants are expected to be commissioned early 2010. The third beneficiary is theIPGCL plant, this 330MW unit has been operating below par due to lack of gas.

A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed on Friday between Petronet LNG Ltd, a consortium of government-owned energy companies and the Delhi government.This would mean an additional 1,600MW of power generated by the National Capital Region for its consumption. This is over and above the 4,500 MW has been tied up from generating stations located in coal pithead based plants. Increased generation within the NCR would mean that Delhi can be insulated to some extent from the grid disturbances.

?At present, 5.76 mmscmd gas is being supplied to the existing power projects at Dadri and Faridabad and to Pragati power project and IP Power project in Delhi, but this is not sufficient to meet the existing and future power requirements of Delhi and the NCR region,? said petroleum and natural gas minister Murli Deora.

At present Delhi faces a shortfall of nearly 700MW. It demand is in early 4100MW and has a supply of 3400 MW. Besides a natural growth in demand at the average rate of 8%, demand for power in the Capital is expected to increase sharply in 2010 when it hosts the Commonwealth Games. Estimates put Delhi?s demand to rise to 6,000MW by 2010.  


Source: The Economic Times, October 28, 2006
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