The gas supply to India's largest gas-based power plant — Ratnagiri Gas and Power, better known as the Dabhol power plant — is down to zero and the station is now facing a total shutdown. The gas supply, beginning March 2 morning has gone to zero and the plant is getting into the preservation mode and the plant officials are already in talks with GE for the maintenance of the turbines.
The 1,967 mw power plant that had been forced into intermittent shutdowns by low gas supply levels, which reached a new low of 0.25 mmscmd (million metric standard cubic metres per day) last week and forced the station to go for shutdown of around 10 days after being operational for around three days. The gas supply stood at 1.3 mmscmd in January, allowing the plant to produce between 270 and 300MW, then dropped to 1.1 mmscmd and finally to 0.4 mmscmd this month.
While Reliance Industries is the major gas supplier to the plant, the official said that the supply had been coming down significantly any reason being assigned and has now gone to zero.
The official also told that their priority now is to maintain the six turbines they have which need to be fired after a few days in order to keep them in running condition and with no gas supply now. The low gas supply requires us to shut down for around 10 days and then run for two or three days by managing underdrawal and overdrawal, said an RGPPL executive.
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