DG sets Capacities Witnessing An Upward Trend In India

Even as the power ministry looks to focus on providing power supply to all, besides ensuring generation of surplus power, the number of diesel power generator sets in the country may be on a rise. None of the government agencies publicly share any data related to the number of operating diesel gensets in India. However, data sourced through industry sources shows that diesel power generator sets capacities have risen at a rate of around 5,000 MW per annum in the last 2 years in the country. According to data sourced through its internal research, private power producer Tata Power said capacity of diesel gensets is estimated to stand at 90,000 MW as on 2016-end, from 80,000 MW in 2014. Increase in capacity is rather surprising as the past three years have seen the govt focusing on increasing power supply in the country, besides witnessing a surplus condition in some scenarios. To be sure, the power exchanges in the country or the spot market for power have been trading at cheaper rates, as compared to their performance a few years back. 

10k gensets in Gurugram, pollution equals 50k heavy duty trucks

There are 10,552 diesel generators in Millennium City upon which denizens depend for power back up, according to the response of an RTI filed by an activist recently. According to the RTI reply, the 10,552 gensets have been installed by 3,303 entities, both residential & commercial, after obtaining necessary permits from the office of the electrical inspectorate. While these diesel generators have capacities ranging from 62.5kVA to 1500kVA, most generators installed in residential & commercial entities are rated above 500 kVA. As per the CPCB study, diesel gensets contribute 6% to the particulate matter (PM) 2.5 in Delhi-NCR's air, and 10% of PM10. The city has more than 900 residential societies, including highrises, and over 5,000 commercial & industrial entities, more than 80% of which are dependent on diesel gensets for power backup. According to an estimate, diesel gensets produce over 80.75MW of power on an average in New Gurgaon alone, where the average daily power shortfall is nearly 103 MW.

IGL sets to open 34 new CNG stations in NCR

Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) in June announced the opening of 34 new CNG stations by the end of 2017 to fulfill the growing demands of Delhi/NCR. IGL, which currently operates over 426 CNG Stations across Delhi/NCR has plans to start two new CNG stations in Rewari District of Haryana on a pilot basis. "The two stations, including one in Dharuhera (Gurugram) and Bawal (Rewari) will be covered under 2017 expansion plans, and will be operational soon," Vice President Marketing, Indraprastha Gas Limited, P K Pandey, told ANI. He added that next month, IGL will also start a pilot project in Indirapuram to inject CNG fuel in diesel generators of RWA Societies. The target under this project is to convert around 250 residential societies diesel generator sets into CNG fuel. "The start of these projects will save Rs. two per unit electricity generated by generators. Currently a residential society charges around Rs. 18 per unit from their consumers in case they use power backup by diesel generators in power cuts," added Pandey. However, IGL is also planning to provide CNG fuel to mobile towers where diesel is heavily used as a fuel.

Powerica planning to raise upto Rs 800 Cr through IPO

Genset manufacturer Powerica has revived its IPO plans and will hit the primary market soon, after slowdown had affected its IPO way back in 2011. The company looks to raise up to Rs 800 Cr through the offering and is in talks with various banks to file the draft prospectus, said people familiar with the development. In 2011, the company had filed a prospectus with the markets regulator seeking to offer a fresh issue worth Rs 600 Cr, and an offer for sale of up to 41 lakh equity shares.However, weak secondary market conditions forced Powerica to shelve the plan. Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPEL) is planning to part-exit its ten-year-old investment in the initial public offer of the Mumbai-based firm, according to sources. SCPE invested Rs 150 Cr in Powerica and bought shares from one of the promoters for another Rs 50 Cr in Oc’07. Currently, SCPE owns about 11.7% stake in the Co. However, it could not be ascertained how much stake SCPEL would sell in the IPO.

PNG distribution launched in Bengaluru

Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan in June launched the first phase of the City Gas Distribution (CGD) project which has already connected over 34,000 households in Bengaluru. Pradhan expressed his pleasure over the pace at which the first phase was completed. “I am very happy that the PNG project has been launched in Bengaluru. We have seen the project implemented in cities like Delhi, Meerut and Kota. PNG is cheaper and cleaner than all the other types of fuel. If we want to save our country and the world from pollution, this is the right step to take,” he said. Pradhan said: “We want to connect 1.32 lakh households in the next 5 years. Another step we need to take is to phase out all fuel oils and diesel gensets; they use up a lot of fuel and pollute the environment, too.” He suggested that BMTC buses and all other automobiles, including auto-rickshaws, switch over to CNG as was done in Delhi. “This will bring down the emission levels considerably.” It is economical, convenient and ensure continuous supply. Consumers will not have to worry about waiting for cylinder to come home. Pradhan said GAIL had 2 pipelines connecting Bengaluru, namely Dabhol-Bengaluru which starts in Dabhol, Maharashtra, and Kochi-Bengaluru. There is a proposal for a new pipeline from Chennai to Bengaluru in the recent future. GAIL also plans to set up 60 CNG stations in 5 years. 

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