NTPC may sell power to B’desh from up­com­ing As­sam plant

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State-run NTPC will con­sider sell­ing elec­tric­ity to Bangladesh from its up­com­ing 750 MW plant at Kokra­jhar in As­sam once the neigh­bour­ing coun­try fi­nalises plans to buy power from Pala­tana project in Tripura.

“Bangladesh is plan­ning to pur­chase power from Pala­tana project in Tripura and talks are go­ing on in this re­gard. If it is suc­cess­ful, then there is no prob­lem in giv­ing power to Bangladesh (from the up­com­ing As­sam plant),” NTPC Group Gen­eral Man­ager (Bon­gaigaon Ther­mal Power Project) Ut­pal Chakrabarti said.

For sell­ing power to Bangladesh, sep­a­rate trans­mis­sion lines will be re­quired to be set up, he added. “Bangladesh needs power. If they can pur­chase it, then why should not we sell it? We will con­sider it ac­cord­ingly” Chakrabarti said. He said, how­ever, that there have been no of­fi­cial dis­cus­sions as of now on sell­ing elec­tric­ity to Bangladesh from the As­sam plant.

In May, a two-day meet­ing of Power Sec­re­taries of In­dia and Bangladesh in Dhaka re­viewed the progress on the neigh­bour’s move for im­port of ad­di­tional 600 MW power, of which 100 MW would go from Tripura’s Pala­tana power project start­ing next De­cem­ber, while 500 MW was ex­pected to reach in De­cem­ber 2017. NTPC had syn­chro­nised the first 250 MW unit of the Bon­gaigaon project in As­sam on June 22 this year, mark­ing the be­gin­ning of the com­pany’s oper­a­tions in North­East. The unit is ex­pected to be com­mer­cialised in De­cem­ber this year. The Ma­haratna com­pany is set­ting up three units of 250 MW each at the coal-based project, which is be­ing ex­e­cuted by PSU firm BHEL.

The en­tire 750 MW project was sched­uled to be com­pleted by 2012, but got de­layed till 2016 due to var­i­ous so­cial dis­tur­bances, law and or­der is­sues and bad weather con­di­tions. NTPC had re­ceived in­vest­ment ap­proval for the project in Jan­uary 2008 and the main plant award was placed within one month. All the three units were sched­uled for com­mis­sion­ing dur­ing the 11th Plan pe­riod. The Unit 1 and Unit 2 boiler hy­dro tests were done in Jan­uary 2011 and April 2012 re­spec­tively. At the time of start­ing the con­struc­tion, the cost of the project was es­ti­mated to be Rs 4,720 crore.

The fuel for the plant will be sourced from the mines in Margherita area in As­sam un­der North-East­ern Coal Fields Ltd (NECL) and Rani­ganj coal sources in West Ben­gal un­der East­ern Coal Fields Ltd (ECL).

Once the project is com­pleted, it will be­come the high­est rated coal-based power plant in North East In­dia. It is ex­pected that once the en­tire project is com­mis­sioned, it will go a long way in mit­i­gat­ing the power short­age of the re­gion. NTPC has al­ready signed power pur­chase agree­ments with seven states of North East for al­lo­cat­ing 85 per cent of to­tal pro­duc­tion, of which 50.8 per cent will be re­ceived by As­sam. The plant is be­ing con­structed at the land avail­able from the erst­while Bon­gaigaon Ther­mal Power Project of ASEB. The en­tire project is spread over an area of 964 acres.

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