Economy

Scindia: Working out ways to get gas for power plants

Siddhartha P. Saikia New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018

Post the empowered Group of Ministers’ (eGoM) decision not to divert any natural gas from fertiliser sector, the Power Ministry is brainstorming with Petroleum and Fertiliser Ministries if any modality could be worked out to feed the gas-starved power plants.

"Fertiliser is a key sector, especially when we are going to have a bumper harvest. But still we are working with the Fertiliser Ministry as well as the Petroleum Ministry. Next week, we will meet again to look at options in terms of possibilities if we can carve out some gas for power sector," said Minister of State for Power (Independent Charge), Jyotiraditya M Scindia.

The Power Minister said that it’s work in progress. "The whole eGoM is working out to find out modalities for the sectors, which are fundamental to the economy, but it cannot be at the cost of one for another, we are working together and we will find a solution," Scindia told mediapersons.

On Wednesday, the empowered Group of Ministers headed by Defence Minister A.K. Antony decided not to divert any natural gas allocated to fertiliser sector from the RIL operated KG D6 block.

"Today's decision is that the requirement of fertiliser (that is urea) will be protected. The requirement for the agriculture sector will be fully protected. While doing that the possibilities are being explored, whether any additional gas can be made available for the power sector," Petroleum Minister, M. Verrappa Moily, had said after the meeting.

siddhartha.s@thethindu.co.in

Published on July 18, 2013

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