Rajasthan seeks gas for Dholpur
The Rajasthan government has asked the ministry of petroleum
and natural gas to instruct Gail (India) Ltd to supply of 1.5 mmscmd gas to the
330-mw Dholpur combined cycle power project of Rajasthan Rajya Utpadan Vidyut
Nigam Ltd. The gas is required to fire the 220-mw gas-based component of the
proposed plant. The rest of the capacity is being operated through coal.
Senior officials in the Rajasthan government told Projectswire that Gail
authorities were neither agreeing to supply the contracted quantity of 1.5
mmscmd gas to the power plant nor making alternate arrangements. Instead, they
said Gail was diverting available gas to other less important sectors.
The gas sale purchase agreement for the project envisages gas supply for a
period of 12 years, which can be extended later. Under this agreement, Gail has
to supply 1.5 million standard cubic metre of gas per day at a price of $4.6 per
mmbtu. The actual annual value of this agreement will depend on the calorific
value of the supplied gas.
The Dholpur power project was set up at a total cost of Rs 1,155 crore. However,
smooth operations at the plant have been marred for various reasons like
shortage of gas and, as a result, RUVNL has not been able to put its gas-based
units into commercial operation.
[May 12-18, 2008]