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Thermal plants to improve power scene

By Ajit Patowary

GUWAHATI, May 6 � The commissioning of the gas-based 726-MW Palatana Thermal Power Station in Tripura and the 750-MW Bongaigaon Thermal Power Station can make the power situation comfortable in Assam at least for the next 2 to 3 years.

Making this claim, sources in the Assam Power Generation Company Ltd (APGCL) said that the State�s share from the Palatana project is 240 MW and that from the Bongaigaon project is 381 MW. At present, the State is facing a power supply shortfall of around 500 MW. The present peak load hour (6 pm to 11 pm) power demand of the State is 1280 MW and it is getting a supply of around 800 MW. Presently, the additional power purchase made by the State has kept the supply shortfall at 150 MW.

Sources also underlined the need for making the environment in Bongaigaon favourable to enable the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) complete the Bongaigaon Project by 2014. Frequent bandh calls are stalling its works.

Sources also underscore the need of the State urgently taking up the issue of coal linkage to the 500-MW coal-based Margherita Thermal Power Station it has proposed, with the Union Government. Otherwise, the coal linkage order in favour of the project may not be possible.

Sources maintained that the land allotment order and water availability report concerning this thermal power station were sent to the Union Ministry of Power (MoP) about a month back, the Power Ministry is yet to recommend the project�s coal linkage proposal to the Ministry of coal.

Unless the matter is taken up either by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi or by Power Minister Pradyut Bardoloi with the Union Government, it is unlikely that the project would get the coal linkage order issued in its favour.

It needs mention here that the application for the 500-MW project was filed in 2009. But the Government of India (GoI) responded to it in 2011.

In case of the 60-MW Chandrapur Thermal Power Station, which has now been converted to a coal-based one, sources said the MoP has written to the Coal Ministry for issuing a coal linkage order in favour of this project. Coal Ministry order in this regard is awaited.

Under such a situation, the State Government has made its readiness to bear the enhanced cost of generation known to the private developer of the project, in case the power station is revived with imported coal.

The agreement for the project was signed with the private party in 2009 and it was expected to be commissioned in 2011. If its work is started now, it will take another two years for its commissioning.

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) approval for the 120-MW Lower Kopili Hydroelectric Power Project of the APGCL is expected by the next three to four months, sources said.

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Thermal plants to improve power scene

GUWAHATI, May 6 � The commissioning of the gas-based 726-MW Palatana Thermal Power Station in Tripura and the 750-MW Bongaigaon Thermal Power Station can make the power situation comfortable in Assam at least for the next 2 to 3 years.

Making this claim, sources in the Assam Power Generation Company Ltd (APGCL) said that the State�s share from the Palatana project is 240 MW and that from the Bongaigaon project is 381 MW. At present, the State is facing a power supply shortfall of around 500 MW. The present peak load hour (6 pm to 11 pm) power demand of the State is 1280 MW and it is getting a supply of around 800 MW. Presently, the additional power purchase made by the State has kept the supply shortfall at 150 MW.

Sources also underlined the need for making the environment in Bongaigaon favourable to enable the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) complete the Bongaigaon Project by 2014. Frequent bandh calls are stalling its works.

Sources also underscore the need of the State urgently taking up the issue of coal linkage to the 500-MW coal-based Margherita Thermal Power Station it has proposed, with the Union Government. Otherwise, the coal linkage order in favour of the project may not be possible.

Sources maintained that the land allotment order and water availability report concerning this thermal power station were sent to the Union Ministry of Power (MoP) about a month back, the Power Ministry is yet to recommend the project�s coal linkage proposal to the Ministry of coal.

Unless the matter is taken up either by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi or by Power Minister Pradyut Bardoloi with the Union Government, it is unlikely that the project would get the coal linkage order issued in its favour.

It needs mention here that the application for the 500-MW project was filed in 2009. But the Government of India (GoI) responded to it in 2011.

In case of the 60-MW Chandrapur Thermal Power Station, which has now been converted to a coal-based one, sources said the MoP has written to the Coal Ministry for issuing a coal linkage order in favour of this project. Coal Ministry order in this regard is awaited.

Under such a situation, the State Government has made its readiness to bear the enhanced cost of generation known to the private developer of the project, in case the power station is revived with imported coal.

The agreement for the project was signed with the private party in 2009 and it was expected to be commissioned in 2011. If its work is started now, it will take another two years for its commissioning.

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) approval for the 120-MW Lower Kopili Hydroelectric Power Project of the APGCL is expected by the next three to four months, sources said.

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