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NOV 24 2015

MERC issues regulations to cover the revived Dabhol project

  • Economic Times, ET Bureau / Hyderabad
  • Created: Tue 24th NOV 2015

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission has waived transmission charges to push the Centre’s scheme for reviving power plants through imported regasified liquefied natural gas.

The MERC’s regulations will be applicable to the 1,967 MW Dabhol power project, which was revived on November 21 after being shut for 23 months for want of gas. Ratnagiri Gas & Power resumed generation of 300 MW for supply to the railways.

The MERC’s regulations came into effect last Saturday. Other states like Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, which house stranded gas-based power projects, may soon follow suit.

“These regulations will extend to the whole of Maharashtra, including the Dabhol power project, which was revived last Saturday,’’ an MERC official told Business Standard.

There will be no charges for the use of the intra-state transmission system on incremental generation from regasified LNG for 2015-16 and 2016-17. The exemption is among a slew of sops being offered to maintain the tariff at Rs 4.75 per unit for the Dabhol power project and other stranded plants.

The Maharashtra government has already waived transmission charges on for Dabhol power supply to the railways. The official said users that shared costs of intra-state transmission would continue to pay their share as determined by the MERC.

The central scheme, launched in March, plans to supply imported reasified LNG to stranded power plants. Of the country’s 27,123 MW gas-based power capacity, 14,305 MW had no supply of domestic gas while another 9,845 MW received gas that allowed plants to run at less than a third of capacity.

IOC’s Gujarat Refinery to set up 1,400 MW solar power unit
Source: Business Line, Ahmedabad / Ahmedabad, 24th November 2015
Published on: 24th November 2015

As a measure to reduce its carbon footprint and increase in utilisation of renewable energy, Gujarat Refinery of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) has laid out a plan to set up 1,400 MW of solar power systems that will be commissioned in 2016.

A grid-connected 250- kW Solar Power system is already catering to the partial electricity requirement of technical building, including daytime lighting and air conditioning, informed the company.

“The system automatically gets synchronised with Gujarat Refinery’s Power System at LV level during day time and similarly gets offline during evening period. Grid-connected systems are the most common type of solar grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) system,” said S K Dhar Gupta, Executive Director, Gujarat Refinery.

Dhar Gupta also mentioned that in a first for the Indian Oil refineries in India, the Gujarat Refinery has set up a Visual Model-based Safety Park to train its workforce. Inaugurated recently, the park constantly reminds and highlights the importance of safety measures to the workforce.

“The refinery has a large number of contractual workers working for various tasks at the refinery. They require regular training on safety and precaution measures before conducting a job at the refinery. Lock Out Tag Out system and electrical safety systems, confined space entry safety system, hot job safety system, Chemical Safety procedures and SOPs etc have been put up in the safety park which shall be a complete safety guide for visitors, contract workers and employees of the refinery,” said Dhar Gupta.

The company has used SEED (Safety in Each and Every Deed) project for safety culture improvement at Gujarat Refinery.


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