Reliance Industries, ONGC closes gas tap, Ratnagiri Power Plant, erstwhile Dabhol Power, shuts down

Written by PTI | Mumbai | Updated: Feb 11 2013, 17:19pm hrs
Ratnagiri Gas and Power, the erstwhile Dabhol Power, said it has completely shut down power generation for want of gas since today morning.

"We have stopped generation from all the three units since morning as we are not receiving gas from any of our sources -- Reliance and ONGC," spokesperson of the company, which is promoted mainly by NTPC and Gail, told PTI here.

Due to shortage of gas, the company has been managing to generate only half of the installed capacity of 1,967 mw for the past more than two years.

"With the available gas, we could run only one unit, which too was nearly 50 per cent lower than its capacity at 200-245 mw till yesterday. But since yesterday, we are not receiving gas from any of the sources," he said.

To run the project at full capacity, the company needs 8.5 mmscmd gas, of which 7.6 mmscmd should come from RIL and the remaining from ONGC through Gail.

Since last two years, the company is facing the issue of gas shortage, the spokesperson said, adding "in FY12, we received only 6.6 mmscmd gas and in FY13 till January, we received only 3.2 mmscmd. This has resulted in a generation loss of around 7,500 million units."

Interestingly, last month Gail India commissioned the Dabhol LNG terminal in Ratnagiri, paving way for supply of imported gas to Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

However, a company official said on the condition of anonymity that it will not be able to use the imported gas.

"Imported gas is very costly. If we use this gas, the generation cost will increase and there will be no takers for the power. Power generated from coal is available at Rs 2.50-3 per unit. If we use the imported gas, the power will be as costly as Rs 10 per unit," the official said.

Currently, the plant supplies 95 per cent of the power generated to Maharashtra and 2 per cent each to Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, and 1 per cent to Goa.

Shut-down of operations will definitely have an impact on the power supply to these regions, especially Maharashtra, the official said. However the state utility Mahavitaran said "it will not have any adverse impact on load shedding".