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Palatana plant shut, Tripura buying power from outside

Correspondent

Agartala, August 27, 2017: Tripura government is procuring electricity from neighbouring states since production at 726MW gas based power plant in South Tripura ceased for maintenance work. OTPC (ONGC Tripura Power Company) announced closure of power generation at Palatana plant eight days ago and it would take another two weeks to restore production.

“Presently daily usage in Tripura is 270MW as heat wave continues in the region. We are buying power from outside at a higher rate”, an official of Tripura State Electricity Corporation Limited (TSECL) said.  

He said TSECL was taking utmost care to avoid load shedding anywhere in the state. Though they were bearing heavy expense for purchase of electricity from outside, the measure would continued till Palatana plant was resorted, the official added.

Even export of 150MW power to Bangladesh remained undisrupted due to transmission of power from outside sources. India agreed to supply power to Bangladesh for its help to transport turbines and heavy machineries through its soil to Palatana site.

Although OTPC is shut, small gas based plants and one hydro electricity project together producing 83MW on a daily average. Besides, TSECl is getting 85MW from NEEPCO power project at Monarchak in west Tripura.