No gas based power plant at present in India is awaiting commissioning due to shortage of gas. Empowered Group of Ministers allocated gas to all the existing gas based power plants and those plants scheduled for commissioning in 2009-10, having pipeline connectivity with KG-D6. Empowered Group of Ministers has further decided that these plants could draw additional gas on fallback basis up to a maximum of 12 Million Metric Standard cu meter per day to increase their PLF.
Some of the strategies adopted the Government of India to augment gas supplies and bridge the gap between supply and demand for the domestic market including that for power sector ar:.
(i) Out of total allocations of 91.61 MMSCMD from KG D-6, 43.165 MMSCMD (31.165 MMSCMD on firm basis and 12.00 MMSCMD on fallback basis) has been allocated to power sector by the EGoM. In addition to this, a provision of 10.00 MMSCMD of gas on fall back basis has been made for captive power plants from KG D-6.
(ii) As regards power projects which are in the pipeline, EGoM has decided that, subject to the availability of gas, necessary allocations from KG-D6 fields will be made to these projects as and when they are ready to commence production.
(iii) Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoP&NG) is taking necessary steps to increase availability of gas from domestic sources by awarding gas blocks for Exploration & Production (E&P) activities in various sedimentary basins of the country under the New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP).
(iv) MoP&NG is encouraging import of gas in the form of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and also making efforts for import of gas through international pipelines projects.
(v) In order to explore and produce new sources of natural gas from coal bearing areas, Government of India has formulated a Coal Bed Methane (CBM) Policy providing attractive fiscal and contractual framework for exploration and production of CBM in the country.
(vi) Government of India is encouraging Under Ground Coal Gasification (UGCG) and coal liquification and investment by private entrepreneurs in development of these frontier technologies.
(vii) While allocating RIL gas from KG basin (D-6), the power sector has been given priority.