First unit of ONGC’s Tripura project to generate power in September

July 9th, 2012 - 7:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Agartala, July 9 (IANS) The first unit of ONGC-Tripura Power Coorporation’s 726 MW gas-based power plant at Palatana in southern Tripura will start generation by September, officials said here Monday.

ONGC Monday started supplying natural gas to the plant through a 54 km-long pipeline.

Before the commercial generation of electricity from the unit, trial runs would be conducted during this month-end, ONGC Tripura Power Company Limited (OTPC) Managing Director Sudhindra Kumar Dube told reporters.

The full generation of power from the power plant, set up at an investment of Rs.9,000 crore, in March next year will resolve the power crisis of Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura to a large extent, he said.

The plant will help ONGC to monetise its gas assets in Tripura.

Also, the project is a hallmark of cooperation between India and Bangladesh, which ensured smooth passage of the heavy project equipment to Palatana through its territory.

The Bangladesh government has sought electricity from the project, a Tripura government official said.

–IndoAsian News Service

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