ONGC’s first power plant in India starts commercial generation
State-owned ONGC’s first commercial power project in the country started commercial production Tuesday night in Tripura, six months after President Pranab Mukherjee dedicated the 726 MW capacity facility to the nation.
“After the inauguration of the power project June 21 by the president, technical hurdles were found in the 53-km gas ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation) pipelines. All types of technical hitches were resolved by engineers, and the generation from the first unit (363.3 MW capacity) of the power plant began Tuesday night,” ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC) managing director Sudhindra Kumar Dube said.
“The second unit (363.3 MW capacity) of the gas-based power project is expected to start by June,” Dube told reporters.
OTPC is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) promoted by ONGC, Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL & FS) and Tripura government, created in 2004 for execution of the 726.6 MW combined cycle gas-based thermal power project (using both water and natural gas) at Palatana, 60 km from the state capital, in southern Tripura.