Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Government on Sunday requested the Centre to allocate 3.2 MMSCMD of Natural Gas on top priority for power generation in the gas based projects to meet the ever growing power demand in the state.
The request was made by Energy Department Principal Secretary Dinesh Kumar while addressing the conference of Southern states on implementation of priority power projects and other power related key issues held here on Sunday. He urged the ministry of power of GoI to expedite the matter with the empowered group of ministers (EGOM) and the Ministry of petroleum and natural gas to meet the short and facilitate power generation at all the gas-based projects to their full capacity.
Kumar said the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy was very keen that the gap between demand and supply for power should be bridged to the maximum extent and the allocation of 3.2 MMSCMD of natural gas was very crucial to the state. He said the CM had emphasized several times that power sector was very crucial for employment generation and all round development of the state, particularly Agriculture and Industry- which are two eyes of economic growth.
The Principal Secretary reiterated that there were nine gas based projects in Andhra Pradesh with a total installed capacity of 2770 MW for which a natural gas required for these projects is 13 MMSCMD. However, the gas supply presently is only around 9.7 MMSCMD resulting in a short fall of 3.2 MMSCMD which he wanted the centre to release on priority basis. He said the Chief Minister had already addressed a letter to the centre in this connection. He requested the GoI for another allocation of 9.72 MMSCMD of natural gas for the 2100 MW APGENCO project at Karimnagar.
Dinesh Kumar also reiterated the state Govt’s request for additional allocation of coal linkage for the APGENCO’s thermal power plants at Sattupally(1×600 MW),Vadarevu (5X800 MW) and RTPP, Kadapa (1X600 MW). He also urged the Union Power Ministry to ensure full quantum of supply of annual coal linkage of 12.5 million tonnes from the Mahanadi Coal fields to APGENCO as against the present supply of only 7.5 million tonnes .
The Principal Secretary also requested the Secretary, Ministry of Power, GOI to restore 238 MW of power earlier reduced last year from Central Generating Stations (CGS) share and also allocate another additional 500 MW from the unallocated power of CGS to meet the unprecedented growing power demand in peak hours to the extent of 8-10 % in AP. In a record achievement in the power sector of the state the state power utilities had achieved a peak power demand of 11,289 MW and a record peak energy supply of 265 MU/per day during the month of March this year. (INN)