A new power plant in Outer Delhi that could provide for a seventh of the citys daily average electricity requirement is likely to start operations by the end of this month.
The Central government has allocated gas supply for the Bawana power plant,which has been ready for operations but been waiting for the fuel to begin generating electricity,Power department officials said.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit told Newsline her government has received an allocation letter regarding the gas supply from the Petroleum and Natural Gas ministry.
We hope the plant will start generating nearly 600 megawatts of electricity by the end of October. It will boost the citys power (generation capacity), Dikshit said.
Delhi locally generates only about a fourth of its average daily power requirement of nearly 4,000 megawatts,and the Bawana plant is expected to reduce its dependence on other states for its electricity needs,power officials said.
Government agreements earlier with a private company and three public sector units to provide fuel to feed the first module of the 1,500 megawatt gas-based plant did not work out.
A senior government official said under the new arrangement the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited will supply gas for the plants first module,which was put in place last week.
The module has an installed capacity of generating 750 megawatts. The system has been synchronised and it is ready for operations. The second module will be ready by next year, the official said.
Delhi will receive 80 per cent of the electricity generated by the Bawana power plant,with the remaining allocated to other states,the official said.
The Chief Minister,who held a meeting this July at the Prime Ministers Office to procure gas supply,said she has sent a request to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to inaugurate the plant.
I have personally thanked him for having facilitated the gas supply arrangement. We are hoping he would agree to our request and inaugurate the plant soon, Dikshit said.
A senior government official said the Petroleum and Natural Gas ministry notified the allocation order confirming gas supply,on September 30.
The order relates to two-thirds of the gas required to make the first module of 750 megawatts fully functional. The remaining one-third supply has also been approved and we expect an order to be issued soon, the official said.
The government expects to incur an expenditure of nearly Rs 4,500 crore on setting up the two modules of the Bawana plant,a power official said.