Gas Supplies to India's Power Plants Up 13% in June
Gas supplies to gas-based power plants in India rose by over 13.1% yr/yr to 36.16mn m3/day in June, as per the latest data by the country’s Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
Imported gas in the form of regasified LNG in total gas supplies was 15.78mn m3/day compared with 12.26mn m3/day in the same month last year and 13.02mn m3/day in May this year. Domestic gas in the total supply was 20.38mn m3/day.
India’s LNG imports in June were 2.67bn m3 (1.9mn metric tons), down 6.9% yr/yr compared with the corresponding month of the previous year, according to the data published by the Indian oil and gas ministry's Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell on July 31. Imports were, however, up 12.1% month on month, as India significantly eased the lockdown and demand for gas improved.
CEA data showed that total plant load factor or capacity utilisation of the gas-based power plants in the country rose to 29.4% in June, up from 25% in the same month last year. For the three months to June 30, the PLF was 28.6%. At present, India has almost 24 GW of installed gas-based power generation capacity.