AGARTALA, June 7 � Tripura State Electricity Corporation Ltd (TSECL) is contemplating to rope in the Northeast Electric Power Corporation Ltd (NEEPCO) to enhance power generation in two gas-based thermal power plants in Barmura and Rukhia.
Currently, the Rukhia gas thermal plant is producing 62 MW while the NEC sponsored Barmura gas thermal power project generates 42 MW power daily.
If Rukhia plant is converted into a combined cycle power project, it could produce 30 MW extra power while Barmura thermal power plant could produce 20 MW extra power if it is switched over to combined cycle mode, said an official of the TSECL here on Friday.
According to preliminary study, twin gas thermal power plants could increase at least 50 MW extra power after the conversion.
�The plan is in the pipeline. Hopefully, the NEEPCO will agree to our proposal�, said the official. As per the plan, a joint venture involving TSECL and NEEPCO will have to push the ambitious project. �If the plan is implemented, the power generation will be increased in the days to come�, he said.
Meanwhile, the power shortage will continue even after full-load operation of the Palatana first unit. �Though we are receiving 80/85 MW power from Palatana first unit, the net deficit stands at 40/50 MW resulting in power cut for 30/40 minutes�, he pointed out.
The power cut could not be reduced in the State till Palatana�s unit-II comes up. The second unit is supposed to come up by September or October.