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AP's plea to Centre for more power, gas allocation

Andhra Pradesh government has urged the Centre to help secure natural gas to meet the requirement of power plants and additional power for the state. The State Chief Minister, N Kiran Kumar Reddy on February 5 requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi in this regard.

The CM submitted a letter to Manmohan Singh explaining the acute gas shortage to run the gas-based power generation plants in the state. He requested the PM to direct the Petroleum and Energy ministries to take immediate steps to ensure sufficient gas supply and electricity to the State and help overcome the power shortage. Reddy requested the PM to intervene and facilitate diversion of 3 mmscmd from KG -D6 presently being supplied to the fertiliser units in Gujarat and Maharashtra.

In lieu, these units can be supplied with RLNG from the West coast. The Centre was also requested to allocate 2 mmscmd of regular long-term contract RLNG gas (Qatar Gas) to AP for the next 6 months. He expressed the need to allocate Non-Administered Price Mechanism gas of 7.0 mmscmd to AP as and when it becomes available.

Reddy further wanted 500 mw unallocated power from Central Generating Stations of Southern Region may be supplied to the State. Besides, he requested allocation of 300 mw of unallocated power from Kundankulam Atomic Power Plant and 75 mw from Neyveli-2 expansion on long term basis to Andhra Pradesh.

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