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NEEPCO plans to add 6,000 MW power by 2020

By Prabir Sil

AGARTALA, July 25 � The North East Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) has set a target to add 6,000 MW of power to its generation capacity by next six to seven years to tide over the severe power shortage in the Northeastern region.

Talking to media shortly after a meeting with Tripura Power Minister Manik Dey, NEEPCO Chairman cum Managing Director (CMD) PC Pankaj on Wednesday said the Corporation is working on five power projects in the Northeastern region. Out of the five projects, three are hydro while two are gas-based power projects.

�A plan has already been envisaged to add 6,000 MW power generation in the next six to seven years by the NEEPCO to address the power shortage in the region�, he said.

Besides conventional power project, the NEEPCO would also focus on non-conventional power sources. �A 5 MW solar power project will be set up at Manarchak power plant where a 101 MW project is scheduled to be commissioned by September next�, he said.

Giving details on the 101 MW Manarchak power project, Pankaj said the fist phase 61.9 MW unit is scheduled to be commissioned by September if the ONGC ensures gas supply in time.

�We had inked an agreement with the ONGC to supply 0.5 MMSCMD gas daily to run the Manarchak power project. However, the gas pipeline has not been completed yet. We do hope, the ONGC will ensure the required gas supply so that the NEEPCO could operate the turbine in time�, he said.

Pankaj who arrived here on Tuesday, met Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Power Minister Manik Dey and briefed them about the status of the much-delayed Manarchak power plant.

According to NEEPCO sources, the project cost of Manarchak has increased from Rs 623 crore to Rs 690 crore due to price escalation. The NEEPCO proposes a power tariff per unit of Rs 3.50.

Pankaj also informed that the NEEPCO has started revival of the Dumbur power project, the State�s lone hydro electric project in Gomati district. Besides, the NEEPCO would increase power generation of Agartala Gas Thermal Power Project at RK Nagar. Currently, the power project is producing 84 MW and the NEEPCO plans to add 51 MW power generation by converting it into a combined cycle power project.

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NEEPCO plans to add 6,000 MW power by 2020

AGARTALA, July 25 � The North East Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) has set a target to add 6,000 MW of power to its generation capacity by next six to seven years to tide over the severe power shortage in the Northeastern region.

Talking to media shortly after a meeting with Tripura Power Minister Manik Dey, NEEPCO Chairman cum Managing Director (CMD) PC Pankaj on Wednesday said the Corporation is working on five power projects in the Northeastern region. Out of the five projects, three are hydro while two are gas-based power projects.

�A plan has already been envisaged to add 6,000 MW power generation in the next six to seven years by the NEEPCO to address the power shortage in the region�, he said.

Besides conventional power project, the NEEPCO would also focus on non-conventional power sources. �A 5 MW solar power project will be set up at Manarchak power plant where a 101 MW project is scheduled to be commissioned by September next�, he said.

Giving details on the 101 MW Manarchak power project, Pankaj said the fist phase 61.9 MW unit is scheduled to be commissioned by September if the ONGC ensures gas supply in time.

�We had inked an agreement with the ONGC to supply 0.5 MMSCMD gas daily to run the Manarchak power project. However, the gas pipeline has not been completed yet. We do hope, the ONGC will ensure the required gas supply so that the NEEPCO could operate the turbine in time�, he said.

Pankaj who arrived here on Tuesday, met Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Power Minister Manik Dey and briefed them about the status of the much-delayed Manarchak power plant.

According to NEEPCO sources, the project cost of Manarchak has increased from Rs 623 crore to Rs 690 crore due to price escalation. The NEEPCO proposes a power tariff per unit of Rs 3.50.

Pankaj also informed that the NEEPCO has started revival of the Dumbur power project, the State�s lone hydro electric project in Gomati district. Besides, the NEEPCO would increase power generation of Agartala Gas Thermal Power Project at RK Nagar. Currently, the power project is producing 84 MW and the NEEPCO plans to add 51 MW power generation by converting it into a combined cycle power project.

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