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Cloud over fate of Manarchak power plant
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 AGARTALA, Sept 14 – Cloud continues to gather over the fate of NEEPCO-mulled Manarchak power plant with ONGC planning to engage a new agency to lay pipeline to supply gas to the proposed power project, official sources confirmed here.

The ONGC had floated a tender for constructing GGS and pipeline for supplying natural gas to the 101 MW Manarchak power plant. Accordingly, several companies applied for the project. Finally, Shivbani Oil & Gas Company was awarded with the task as its bid was the lowest. However, the company could not meet the deadline due to severe financial crunch.

Taking serious note of the development, the ONGC has cancelled the contract given to Shivbani. The company was supposed to complete the work by March 2013 but could not meet the deadline.

Now, the ONGC has initiated a process to fix another agency to construct GGS at Sonamura and pipeline upto the Manarchak plant, according to sources. “We have already taken steps to float a fresh tender for the project. It will take a month to finalise the fresh tender process for the project amounting to Rs 80 crore”, said an official of ONGC here on Friday.

Besides, land acquisition problem has also come in the way of laying gas pipe line from Sonamura GGS to Manarchak. Sources said, Asset Manager of ONGC VP Mahawar has already met Tripura Chief Serectary SK Panda to sort out the land acquisition problem at Khedabari in Sonamura subdivision. However, the problem is yet to be resolved.

Meanwhile, the NEEPCO is crying for gas to undertake trial run of its much-delayed Manarchak project. But it is for sure now that the 101 MW power project would not be commissioned before the Durga Puja.

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