MoEF clears OTPC's evacuation facility
The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has cleared the ground for creating the power evacuation facility of the upcoming 727 MW ONGC Tripura Power (OTPC) at Palatana in Tripura. Rs 1,800 crore transmission project, connecting the generation facility to the National grid 661 km away at Bongaigaon in Assam is running far behind schedule.
The first 363.3 MW unit of Rs 3,500 crore gas-based generation facility is expected to be operational in a fortnight. The second (and final) unit may be commissioned in three months.
Considering the low demand for power in the North-Eastern region; the transmission line holds the key to commercial success of OTPC and monetisation of idle gas assets of ONGC in Tripura. The Ministry has recently granted final clearance for laying the transmission facility through the states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Assam, an OTPC source said. The transmission project is implemented by North-East Power Transmission Company, a joint venture between OTPC, Power Grid and the beneficiary States.