AP govt lodges protest with PM against reliance

AP govt lodges protest with PM against reliance

The Andhra Pradesh Government has lodged a ‘protest’ with the Centre over reduction in allotment of natural gas from 75 to less than 50 per cent from the Reliance’s D6 wells in the Krishna-Godavari basin. Addressing a press conference here this evening, he said ‘I have written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue and also met him personally and brought to his notice about it.’ He said the state could not produce 30 million units of power as 1,300 MW of installed capacity was lying idle due to non-availability of gas for power projects. The Chief Minister said he had requested the Prime Minister to personally intervene and sort it out in the interests of the state and the country. ‘Asked if Reliance was deliberately cutting down gas production from the D6 wells, the Chief Minister shot back ‘You have freedom of expressionI don’t.’ As against the installed capacity of 2,772 MW of gas- based power, only about 1,500 MW was being generated at the seven gas-based power generating stations in the state, leaving 1,272 MW of capacity idle,’ he said.

Reliance was supposed to supply gas to meet 75 per cent of the plant load factor (PLF) but the current level of supply was sufficient only for 46 per cent PLF.