RIL hopes to increase power generation capacity
India's power generation capacity may increase by 500 to 4,000 MW in months to come following RIL's contribution of around 18 mmscd gas from KG basin D6 block. Country, mainly dependent on import of liquefied gas and other petroleum products, has a reason to cheer as it would help to cut import bill, a big burden of state exchequer.
The chairman of Central Electricity Authority, Rakesh Nath said, "We are expecting the power generation capacity in the country to be ramped up by 3,500 to 40,00 MW, once RIL KG basin gas starts flowing to existing as well as new gas-based power plants in the country."
He said that country is getting around 34-35 mmscd of gas for various gas-based power plants as of now. RIL's gas supply would definitely help to increase country's power capacity, much needed for country's house hold supply and industrial activities.
Explaining acute power shortage in the country, Mr. Nath said, "There is around 25,000 MW power deficits in the country. The total installed power generation capacity in the country is around 1,47,000 MW."