CEA recommends five more power plants for KG-D6 gas

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the technical arm of the ministry of power, have recommended five more power plants, two each from Delhi and Andhra Pradesh and one from Gujarat, for supply of natural gas from Reliance Industries' Krishna Godavari (KG) basin D6 fields, a government official said today.

The five together seek a minimum gas allocation of 4.73 million cubic metres a day (mmscmd).

This include 1.37 mmscmd of gas to Lanco's 366 MW Kondapalli extension project, which will be commissioned in February 2010;  1.21 mmscmd for the 374 MW Utran plant in Gujarat, which will go on stream in November; 0.82 mmscmd for the 220 MW Tanir Vavi plant before its commissioning in March 2010; 0.40 mmscmd for the 108 MW Tithalia (Delhi); and 0.93 mmscmd for the 250 MW Bawana power plants in Delhi.

The CEA has recommended these allocations considering a maximum power capacity of 70 per cent, and if these plants operate at full capacity, the requirement would be 6.33 mmscmd, the official said.

KG-D6 has so far signed contracts with 15 fertiliser plants for 14.96 mmscmd and 19 power plants for 25.07 mmscmd. Besides, 3.31 mmscmd gas has been committed to steel plants.

RIL is currently producing 36 mmscmd gas from KG-D6.