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NEEPCO bid to augment power generation at Manarchak plant
 AGARTALA, Aug 7 - The North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd (NEEPCO) will make an attempt to increase power generation at its Manarchak plant in Sepahijala district, sources said.

It was during the tenure of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government that a 560-MW power plant was planned in Tripura. Subsequently, the foundation stone was laid after getting all necessary clearances, including gas supply and environment clearances.

But during the UPA regime, the capacity of the plant was reduced to 100 MW due to shortage of natural gas, the primary fuel for power generation.

Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma wrote two separate letters to Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Power Minister RK Singh, seeking their intervention to increase power generation at the Manarchak plant.

MP Pratima Bhowmik also raised the matter in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday and sought the intervention of the Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister to augment the capacity of the Manarchak plant.

The NEEPCO-run power plant is currently producing 100 MW electricity even though it was supposed to generate 560 MW power. The low power generation by the plant has affected NEEPCO’s profits.

“The NEEPCO is ready to increase power generation at its Manarchak power plant from 100 MW to 560 MW if you confirm supply of the required gas,” Bhowmik said in the Parliament.

“If the minister assures supply of the required quantity of gas, the NEEPCO will be able to generate another 460 MW power from the unit in two years. The necessary infrastructure is in place at Manarchak to generate 560 MW power,” she said.

The NEEPCO spent Rs 1,025 crore to create the infrastructure at Manarchak, which is about one-and-a-half km from the State capital, but currently only 100 MW power is being produced by the plant.

“It is causing great loss to the NEEPCO,” said an official on condition of anonymity.

Currently, the ONGC is supplying 0.48 Million Metric Standard Cubic Metre per Day (MMSCMD) gas daily to the NEEPCO for the Manarchak power plant, while 2 MMSCMD gas will be required to increase power generation of the plant to 560 MW.

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