Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam and the Gas Authority of India Ltd (India) Limited (GAIL) have signed a gas transmission agreement for a 330 MW gas combined cycle power project at Dholpur in the State.

Under the agreement, 1.5 million standard cubic metre per day (mmscmd) of gas will be transmitted to the Dholpur plant.

The Chairman and Managing Director of Vidyut Utpadan Nigam, N.S. Chaudhary, and GAIL's Director (Marketing), U.D. Choubey, signed the agreement at Vidyut Bhavan here earlier this week in the presence of the Rajasthan Minister of State for Energy, Gajendra Singh.

GAIL will be laying a new spur line of about 30 kilometres to connect the Dholpur power plant with the tap-off point at Ibrahimpur on its Hazira-Vijaipur-Jagdishpur pipeline.

The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) will supply gas for the project and will deliver it at the Hazira terminal in Gujarat. The gas will be transmitted to Dholpur through GAIL's pipeline.

Mr. Chaudhary said a separate agreement with ONGC for supply of gas had been signed on October 31, 2005. GAIL will transmit the gas from Hazira to Dholpur at the rate of Rs. 1,400 per 1,000 standard cubic metres.

The Vidyut Utpadan Nigam's Chairman said the Dholpur gas thermal project was being established at a cost of Rs. 1,155 crores. The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited is supplying the main plant and other equipment, while one steam turbine of 110 MW and two gas turbines of 110 MW each are being installed at the plant site.

Mr. Chaudhary said all the three units of the project would start generating power by August 2007, supplying 80-lakh units of electricity per day to the State.

Among others, the Chairman of the Power Tariff Regulatory Commission, Shanti Prasad; Chairman and Managing Director of Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam, Shrimat Pandey; State Energy Secretary, Yaduvendra Mathur; and Managing Director of Jaipur Vidyut Vitaran Nigam, R.P. Goyal, attended the ceremony marking the signing of agreement.