New Delhi, Oct 6 (IANS) The national capital would soon get additional re-gasified liquefied natural gas for setting up new a power plant.
In a cabinet meeting convened by Cabinet Secretary B.K Chaturvedi here Friday, it was decided that nearly 10 million standard cubic meters per day (MMSCMD) of additional gas would be made available to generate 1,600-2,000 MW of power within the city.
The capital has been facing severe power crisis with demand shooting up to 4,000 MW during summer this year leaving a shortfall of over 900 MW.
An agreement to this effect would be signed between the Delhi government and Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL) within a month.
The capital is likely to have a demand of 6,000 MW of power by 2010, a government official said.
'Even though almost 3,500 MW has been tied up from generating stations located in coal pithead based plants, a need has been felt to generate power within Delhi to insulate it from the grid disturbances,' the official added.
Currently, Delhi has two small gas-based power plants - Pragati-II and Bawana.
The meeting was attended by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Chief Secretary R. Narayanswami, Principal Secretary (Power) Rakesh Mehta and representatives of the ministries of petroleum, power, home and urban development.