The Indian government is set to discuss the prospect of relocating gas-fired power plants to Indonesia.

Officials from both governments are set to meet soon, according to Hindu Business Online, with India hoping to relocate some of what are deemed stranded assets.

The agenda was raised during the 1st India Indonesia Energy Forum, held in Jakarta on Friday.
Samalkot gas power plant
It quotes the Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ignasius Jonan, as saying that a 19-member team of energy officials from Indonesia will visit India soon, and one of the topics discussed will be the gas-fired power plant relocation.

India has 25,329 MW of gas-based power plants, of which 14,305 MW are technically “stranded” — fully or partly inoperative due to want of gas supply. In 2016-17, they operated at a mere 22.51 per cent plant load factor, producing 49 billion units of electricity.

Electric utility, Reliance Power ( BSE532939 ), which has set up a mega 2,400 MW plant at Samalkot in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, was reported to be mulling the idea of shifting it to Bangladesh. The plant was to be fed by the gas that was expected to be produced from Reliance Industries’ D-6 field in offshore K-G basin.

Lanco’s 1,458-MW Kondapalli and Essar’s 515-MW Hazira plants are also stranded.

The relocation of gas plants to Indonesia is also seen as a means of balancing trade between the two countries.

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