Scarcity of gas in the country seems to have imposed a serious problem for the gas-based power projects as almost all the gas power plants are operating at an average capacity of merely 24 per cent.
"At least 18,000 MW gas-based power projects which do not buy gas via APM (Accelerated Price Mechanism) are running at about 24 percent PLF (plant load factor)," a power ministry official said.
There are 55 gas-based projects in India with total capacity of 18,903.05 MW. Of these plants, projects that are supplied with APM gas operate at nearly 50 per cent of their capacity, while the remaining runs at just 24 per cent capacity.
"Power plants which are fed with APM gas are running at about 50 percent capacity, but the average capacity of gas-based plants in the entire nation is 24 percent," the official added.