KOKRAJHAR, April 23 � The first unit of the 3x250 mega watt Bongaigaon Thermal Power Project, being set up by the NTPC at Salakati, will be commissioned in May, said Utpal Chakraborty, GGM, NTPC, Salakati.
�The boiler light-up activity has been accomplished and the first 250 MW unit at the Salakati NTPC plant will be synchronized with the power grid next month. The first unit will start selling electricity after a few months once the commercial synchronization is over,� Chakraborty said. The State will get 50 per cent power share as per the power purchase agreement once the plant is fully operational, he said.
Addressing media persons recently at the conference hall of the Bongaigaon Thermal Power Project, Salakati, in Kokrajhar district, Chakraborty said that the limited participation of vendors in the plant has resulted in uncertainty about the period of procurement and increased inventory costs. �To address the problem, the NTPC has decided to expand the vendor base,� he said.
�The NTPC is going for entry-free vendor enlistment for all material procurement and works contracts on an all-India basis involving every potential vendor/contractor and the new system will increase business opportunities by 30 times for all enlisted vendors,� he said.
He invited all the local vendors and contractors and also from other parts of the country to participate in the enlistment process and become business partners of the NTPC to avail of the business opportunities.
At the same time, he also informed that the Bongaigaon Thermal Power Project has taken up a number of social schemes in the area in the greater interest of the local people. Pradip Chanda, GM, HR, KK Mondal, AGM, C&M, A Sengupta, AGM, Finance, AK Das, GM, O&M and Priyanka Bhuyan, AM, PR, among others, also attended the press meet.