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Generating Power for NE States
By Satyajit Ganguly, Managing Director, ONGC Tripura Power Company Ltd

ONGC Tripura Power Company Limited (OTPC) is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) promoted by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited (IL&FS), Infrastructure Development Finance Company Ltd. (IDFC) and Govt. of Tripura (GoT) for implementation of 726.6 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine thermal power project at Palatana in Tripura to supply power to North Eastern states of the country.

Vision & Mission
To be a leading player in power and allied sectors in India with a global presence achieved through adaptability, adherence to highest standards of integrity and an emphasis on environmental sustainability. We shall achieve our vision by:-
•  Enhancing generation capacity through an appropriately scaled up model with a diversified presence in both conventional and non-conventional technologies.
•  Being responsible to the society by using eco friendly technologies for generating power in an environmentally sustainable manner.
•  Contributing to harnessing the immense potential for power generation in the North Eastern Region in India.
•  Providing our employees with a challenging and harmonious work environment with emphasis on personal development, team work and transparency.

Project Sypnosis
The complexities of logistics and attendant costs limit the economic viability of transportation of gas to other parts of the country (where gas is in deficit). In order to optimally utilize the gas available in Tripura, it was decided to establish a 726.6 MW (2x363.3 MW) Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power plant close to its gas fields in the state of Tripura. ONGC owns significant natural gas reserves in the North Eastern state of Tripura. However, these natural gas reserves are yet to be fully developed due to low industrial demand in the North-Eastern region.

The first unit of 363.3 MW was inaugurated and dedicated to the Nation by Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India on 21st June, 2013 and Commercial Operation started effective 04th January, 2014. The second unit was dedicated to the Nation by Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India on 1st Dec, 2014 and commercial operation declared w.e.f. 24th March 2015.

Project Site
The Project is located at Palatana in district of Gomati in the State of Tripura and is about 07 kms from Udaipur district headquarters and is about 60 kms from the capital city of Agartala. The project site is located adjacent to the existing State Highway connecting to Udaipur, with onward connectivity to Agartala by NH-44. A perennial river, namely Gumti flows near the site and is the source of water required for the power plant operations.

Power Sale and Allocation
The Ministry of Power (MoP), Govt. of India has allocated more than 86% of power from the project to the NER beneficiary states. This initiative is expected to transform the entire North Eastern region of the country. The generation project combined with linked transmission project and upstream gas supply project is slated to bring in investments of around Rs.10,000 crore in the region.

Transmission Project
A 400 kV D/C Transmission system connecting Palatana (generation project site) in Tripura to Bongaigaon in Assam over a distance of around 660 Kms for the evacuation of power from the generation project has been completed.

Technical Edge
The project consists of advance Combined Cycle technology and ultra modern 9FA Heavy duty Gas Turbine from GE. Frame 9 FA advance class gas turbine machines represents the world’s most experienced fleet of highly efficient 50 Hz large units and offers the key advantages of higher output and a fuel flexible combustion system.

Implementation Bottleneck
North Eastern Region of India lacks in basic infrastructure. All the states are not connected by railways. Road communication is not adequate. For transporting Over Dimensional Cargoes (ODC), special permission from Government of Bangladesh was obtained for transporting the cargoes through water ways and inland roadways which is the key to the success of the project.

Human Resource & Socio Economic Development, Environment
OTPC’s endeavor is not only to generate power but also to create a friendly environment for the employees, their families as well as the local population in and around the project areas. In addition to the employment to local youths, the company provides financial aid to local villages’ schools in terms of construction of rooms, providing sports materials, provision of drinking water in the villages, etc. Company is also committed towards providing support to nearly villagers in the field of health, education and livelihood under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs in line with the provisions of companies Act 2013.

Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
OTPC was pursuing The Carbon Emission Reductions (CER) benefits for the Palatana project of OTPC as the plant is using a cleaner fuel (natural gas) as compared to the traditional fossil (coal, diesel, oil) fuels for generating electricity.  The Palatana project of OTPC has been successfully registered as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 26th December, 2012 and qualifies to be one amongst the largest CDM projects registered in the world expecting to generate approximately 16.12 lac CERs per annum over a period of 10 years.   

Business Development
OTPC enjoys the parental advantages of two strong infrastructural conglomerates viz. ONGC, IL & FS & IDFC which gives the company a great strength and goodwill. Power Sector being one of the most crucial sectors for the sustainable development of the Country, OTPC is exploring new options to grow its business by diversifying in various segments i.e. Hydro, Solar, wind , Geothermal etc.

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