AGARTALA, July 20 - A technical snag in the 726 MW Palatana power project of Tripura has affected normal supply to Bangladesh for over 10 days, an official of Tripura State Electricity Corporation Ltd (TSECL) said today.
Instead of the committed 160 MW everyday, the power project is supplying 120 MW to the neighbouring country since July 9 because of less production due to a problem in one of its transformers, TSECL Director (Technical) Mahendra Debbarma said.
�There was problem in one of the transformers in Palatana power project. As a result there is a shortfall of at least 100 MW power every day,� he said.
�So, the power supply to Bangladesh was hit, but the transformer was repaired and it is expected that the situation will be improved by this evening,� Debbarma said.
It was agreed by the two countries in 2016 that Palatana, a gas based thermal power project, would supply 120 MW but later, following rising demand, it was increased to 160 MW, he said.
However, depending on generation and demand, more than 160 MW was also supplied sometimes to Bangladesh, the TSECL official said.
Asked when normal power supply would resume, he said even after it is restored this evening, it will take sometime to supply the scheduled 160 MW to Bangladesh.
The 726 MW gas based thermal power project at Palatana in Gomati district is run by ONGC Tripura Power Corporation.
�The domestic consumption of power in the State is about 270-280 MW. At present there is shortfall of about 60 MW due to damage of the cable. But the situation is likely to be normal by today itself,� Debbarma said. � PTI