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Palatana gas pipeline ready for test: ONGC
 AGARTALA, March 13 – The 52-km gas pineline to feed the Palatana power plant is almost ready and is expected to be tested in the next few weeks, said K Satyanarayana, Asset Manager, ONGC Tripura Asset.

 Talking to The Assam Tribune here on Tuesday, the Asset Manager said the laying of gas pipeline from Agartala Dome to Palatana passing through Charilam has already been completed. “Now, the flushing of pipeline is going on before final testing”, he said.

A Russian company – Kazstroy Service has laid the pipeline for supplying natural gas to the mega power plant at Palatana. According to Satyanarayana, the ONGC is supposed to supply 1.35 MMSCMD to run the first unit of 756 MW power plant at Palatana in Udaipur subdivision. The first unit is scheduled to be operational in June-July next.

“Everything including supply of gas will be in place well before commissioning of first unit of Rs 3,000 crore Palatana power project”, he said adding that the ONGC had already embarked on a mission to increase gas production by expanding exploration in the State.

According to a seismic study, the State has a reserve of 82.83 billion cubic metre gas while a total of 1.8 MMSCMD gas is being supplied for power generation. For the past two years, the oil giant has discovered four natural gas pools – Agartala, Gajalia and Barmura where estimated gas reserve could be 4.5 billon cubic metre. As part of expansion plan, the ONGC has sought permission for 960 sq km of area to undertake fresh exploration drive.

Reports from Palatana indicates, the work for commissioning the first unit of the mega power project is in full swing with engineers and labourers working round the clock.

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