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Palatana power plant produces 245 MW

From Our Correspondent

Agartala: After a lull, two turbines of Palatana’s first unit have been put on operation since Tuesday generating 140-145 MW power on daily basis.

Earlier also, the Palatana first unit had successfully generated power upto 140-145 MW.

However, it was put on shut down after directive from the NERLDC.

However, the power generation is on experimental before going for commercial production of power, according to sources.

On Thursday, the two turbines generated 130 MW in the morning while it shot up to 140/145 in the night.

“The power generation at Palatana power project on experimental basis will continue until the NERLDC, Shillong doesn’t tell us to shut down”, said an engineer of Palatana project said tonight over telephone.

Interestingly, there is no word from the OTPC side over the possible commissioning date of 726 MW power project at Palatana.

The mega power project was supposed to kick off commercial generation by end last year but it could not take place.

There are reports Palatana power project could not put on full-fledged operation untill the transmission line is linked up to Bongaigon (Assam).

The state’s power supply improved significantly after experimental operation of first unit of Palatana project. “We can’t specially tell how munch power we have received from the Palatana project because it supplies power to NERLDC. Anybody could draw power from the grid”, said Chairman cum Managing Director (CMD) of TSECL Nildhdri Sekhar Chakraborty said here on Thursday.

The CMD said the state receives 70/75 MW power from outside the state (Grid) to reduce the deficit of power demand.

“As on today, the deficit is less- around 18-20 MW as we are receiving good quantity of power from the Grid”, he said. The state’s power demands stands at 170-175 MW.

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