If the state government’s efforts fructify, the state will have enough natural gas supply for power generation to overcome the current power crisis.
Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy called on prime minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi on Tuesday and submitted a letter explaining the acute gas shortage to the gas-based power plants in the state. He requested Singh to direct the petroleum and energy ministries to take immediate steps for sufficient gas supply and electricity to the state.
Reddy sought diversion of 3 MMSCMD of natural gas from KG-D6 which is being supplied to fertilizer units in Gujarat and Maharashtra. These units can be supplied RLNG from west coast instead, he said. The total supply to fertilizer plants outside the state is 15.45 MMSCMD.
He also sought diversion of 2 MMSCMD of KG-Basin gas, being supplied to power plants on the west coast on top-up basis. The chief minister also sought allocation of Non-Administered Price Mechanism (Non-APM) gas of 7 MMSCMD to the state as and when it becomes available.
A request was also made for the allocation of 500 MW unallocated power from central generating stations in the southern region to the state along with 300 MW of unallocated power from the Kudankulam atomic power plant and 75 MW from Neyveli-2 on long term basis.
Kiran Kumar Reddy also called on Union minister for overseas Indian affairs Vayalar Ravi and requested him to take steps to bring back the Gulf victims hailing from the state.