By: Avik Chakraborty
North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) is working on three different hydroelectric projects in the Northeast and planning for another project in Meghalaya. Works are going on at Kameng hydro electric project in Arunachal Pradesh which would produce 600 MW and another at Pare hydro electric project in Arunachal which will produce 110 MW. Tuirial hydro electric project in Mizoram will produce 60 MW of power. They are planning to set up the Mawphu Hydro electric project-II in Meghalaya which will produce another 85 MW.
NEEPCO have eight power stations in Northeast and generating 1257 Mega watt power. Three hydro electric power stations will be completed in 2017. NEEPCO was set up in 2nd April 1976 and having 2459 man power in Northeast. H.K Changmai, General Manager, Project head of Assam Gas based power project, NEEPCO Ltd. Bokuloni said, “The Kathalguri project having a installed capacity of 291 MW but in recent times we are getting less amount of gas supply from Oil India Ltd. Earlier we are receiving 1.4 Million Metric Standard Cubic Meter Per Day (MMSCMD) from Oil India but now we are getting very less supply of gas from Oil India’’. He added till July everything is well but after that they are getting less amount of gas from Oil India.
He informed that they are thinking for an alternative and discussion is going on with GAIL. Changmai said that there is a short fall of 2700 MW of power in Northeast during peak hour and Assam needs 1500 MW of power in peak hours.
“NEEPCO operates three Hydro power plant and three thermal power plants. The first plant Kopili Hydro electric Power plant in North Cachar hills district of Assam was commissioned in March 1984. The plant has two reservoirs and comprises of three power stations which was commissioned in three stages totaling 275 MW with an annual generation of 1550 Million units. The biggest plant commissioned by NEEPCO so far is 405 MW Ranganadi Hydro electric power plant in Arunachal Pradesh,’’ Changmai added. This is the biggest power plant operating in North eastern region as on today. The annual generation from this plant is 1510 Million unit. The 75 MW Doyang Hydro electric plant in Nagaland was commissioned in June 2000. The 291 MW Assam Gas based power plant was commissioned during March 1995 to March 1998. This plant was declared “Centre for excellence’’ in 2002 by government of India. Recently, NEEPCO has also commissioned 135 MW Agartala Gas turbine power plant, the 101 MW Tripura gas based power project and the 5 MW Solar PV Power project in Tripura.
He further added NEEPCO provides almost 40 per cent of the energy requirement of the North Eastern region of the country. Though presently all its plants are located in the North Eastern region
Changmai said, “Assam Gas based power plant (AGBP), a power generation industry is the first venture of North eastern electric power corporation Ltd (NEEPCO Ltd), a government of India undertaking corporation in the field of gas based thermal sector with an installed capacity of 291 MW. First unit of project was commissioned in the year 1995 and was dedicated to nation by then Minister of power Govt of India Late NKP Salve on March 24 1995. Till the month of March, 2016, the Kathalguri project has generated a total electrical energy of 28477.7465 Million units (MU). The plant is generating electricity by using natural gas as fuel. Oil India Limited supplies natural gas through gas pipe lines belongs to Assam Gas Company Limited.