Three times more Reliance Gas to NTPC

State-owned power utility NTPC Ltd has tripled the volume of natural gas it buys from Mukesh Ambani‘s Reliance Industries at the government-approved price of USD 4.2 per mmBtu, to 1.81 million standard cubic meters a day.

NTPC, which till last month was taking 0.61 mmscmd from RIL’s eastern offshore KG-D6 field, has begun drawing an additional 1.2 mmscmd of gas to boost power generation, sources in know said.

In October, the government had allocated an additional 3.85 mmscmd gas to NTPC. Since NTPC did not want to use the KG-D6 gas at its Kawas and Gandhar power plants in Gujarat that are connected with pipelines ferrying KG-D6 gas from the Andhra coast, a complex swap arrangement was worked out with state-owned gas utility GAIL India.

Under this arrangement, GAIL diverted gas from other sources to NTPC plants and supplied RIL gas to its existing customers.



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