ONGC Tripura Power Company expects to generate power from its 363.3 MW gas-based unit in Tripura from next month
ONGC Tripura Power Company expects to generate power from its 363.3 megawatt (MW) gas-based unit in Tripura from next month. The power unit of the company - a joint venture of ONGC, Il&FS and the Tripura government - is located at Palatana in Tripura's Gomati district. Satyajit Ganguly, managing director of ONGC Tripura Power, said the company had planned a 726MW project at Palatana by sourcing gas from ONGC, which has significant reserves in Tripura.
"The first unit of 363.3MW was inaugurated in June 21, 2013 and commercial operations started on January 4, 2014. The second unit is already synchronised and we are conducting certain trials before commercial operation starts," Ganguly said. "We hope to start the commercial operation of the second unit by January next year," he said on the sidelines of a convention of Assocham and the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce. Investment in the project, including power transmission and gas supply, amounts to Rs 10,000 crore. Assam will get 240MW, Tripura 196MW, Meghalaya 79MW and Manipur 42MW. Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram are the other beneficiaries. The company also has the option of merchant sale of 98MW. Ganguly said there was the option to sell to Bangladesh once the clearance came from the Centre.
A transmission system is also being set up between Palatana and Bongaigaon in Assam covering a distance of 660km to facilitate evacuation of power from the generation site. While the distance of 504km on the Palatania side is already covered, Ganguly said the company was planning to cover the remaining 156km by January. "Gas is being sourced by ONGC from near Agartala and at the same time it is also trying to get more gas through further exploration," he said, adding that higher availability of gas will allow the plant to operate consistently at a load factor of 85 per cent. Ganguly said because of the lack of basic infrastructure in the northeastern region, the company had to secure permission from the Bangladesh government to transport the large equipment required for setting up the plant through waterways and this had contributed to the speedy construction of the project.