AGARTALA, April 3 - OTPC�s Palatana combined cycle power plant, one of the most successful and cleanest power plants in the country, could produce more power than it�s two units are producing currently.
Two units of the project have an installed capacity of 726 MW power per day while they are generating only 560 MW power due to shortage of gas.
When a MoU was inked between OTPC and ONGC, it was agreed that the latter would supply 2.6 MMSCMD gas per day to run two units of power projects. Accordingly, ONGC is supplying 2.6 MMSCMD gas to OTPC in order to run the project.
�Around 3.2 MMSCMD gas is required to produce to full potential of Palatana power plant which is not possible for ONGC to supply right now. We are in the process of producing more gas by intensifying gas exploration at Trishna area where gas reserve was found long time back but could not explore extensively�, said an ONGC official on Saturday.
�Both the State and Central Governments are trying to get the environmental clearance to resume exploration at Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary area. Permission from the Green Tribunal is also required before resumption of exploration�, he pointed out.
However, the State-owned ONGC has been trying to complete construction of a GGS at Gajalia to supply adequate gas to both Palatana and Manarchak power plants.
Three rigs will be pressed into exploration by ONGC very shortly to meet future demand, according to sources.
Recently, a hired rig was engaged at Khubal field in North Tripura district to intensify exploration in the area. Initial reports suggest there is a gas reserve but it needs modern technique to carry forward the exploration to ascertain the actual gas reserve.