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Palatana power project to start generation by June: ONGC

Agartala: ONGC-Tripura Power Corporation (OTPC)’s 724-MW gas-based thermal power project at Palatana in South Tripura district would start generation by June, a top official of state-owned oil major ONGC said on Tuesday. The first phase of the project would be operational by June, ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Sudhir Basudeva, who reviewed the progress of work at the project with OTPC officials on Monday, told reporters here.

ONGC has also decided to set up a Rs 5,000-crore urea fertiliser manufacturing unit at Khobal in North Tripura district and six big investors have expressed their interest in investing in the project, he said.

The site for the urea manufacturing project has been selected at Khobal considering its close proximity to the Khobal gas field from where the natural gas (hydro carbon) would be supplied.

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ONGC last year discovered huge gas reserve at Khobal, near the Assam-Agartala National Highway (NH-44). With the commissioning of the project demands for urea from not only Tripura but the entire north east region would also be met. Besides, a large chunk of the fertiliser manufactured in the manufacturing unit at Khobal, could be imported to neighbouring Bangladesh, he added. (PTI)

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