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this thread shall be used for tracking different power projects and related news. a large number of hydroelectric power projects are being constructed in neighbouring arunachal pradesh and other NE states. since most of these rivers are flowing through assam, it is eligible for a certain share of electricity generated in these projects. as far as 2000MW lower subansiriproject is concerned, assam is demanding around 600 MW of power.

Besides this, ONGC's gas based project in tripura is likely to generate approx 700MW of electricity and first phase of this project is likely to be commissioned soon and trial runs are going on as of now.
 

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Largest Hydroelectric project in India : Dibang hydel project

​KMSS against Dibang hydel project, begins road blockade

GUWAHATI: Even as the stage is set for the public hearing on the country's proposed largest 3000 MW Dibang multipurpose hydel project at Roing in Lower Dibang valley district of Arunachal Pradesh on Monday, the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) in Assam resorted to a road blockade, preventing movement of vehicles across the interstate border in protest against the exercise.


KMSS has resorted to road blockade at Sadiya in Tinsukia district of Assam from Saturday, demanding cancellation of the public hearing. They demand a public hearing in Assam as well and taking into account views of the people in the state as it is located downstream of the project. The organization claimed that by holding public hearing only at Roing, the issue of environmental impact from the project on the downstream state has been ignored.

"How can Assam be ignored from holding public hearing? Assam as a downstream state is certainly going to suffer from the environmental impacts of the project. We want cancellation of the public hearing at Roing or holding of a public hearing simultaneously in Assam on Monday," KMSS assistant general secretary Bedanta Laskar said.


Laskar added since Saturday no vehicle has been allowed to move across the interstate border at Sadiya to protest against the public hearing in Roing.

In the past, even the Assam government had raised the point of the state not being consulted for hydro-power projects in Arunachal Project.


The public hearing at Roing is being held after almost six years. Though in the past, dates of public hearing were announced, fierce protest from various organizations representing Idu Mishmi community, had prevented the exercise. Different Idu Mishmi organizations were against the project, but this time they have given a chance to hold the public hearing. A strike called by Pudum Adi community groups in Lower Dibang Valley district earlier against the public hearing has also been called off, paving way for the process.

In the past few years, even anti-dam activists in Lower Dibang valley district were arrested on charges of having links with Maoist groups.

Experts said the public hearing should be held in Assam simultaneously because the 3000 MW project also has a provision of flood moderation in the state. They said even the terms of reference (TOR) granted for the conduct of the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) studies by the ministry of environment and forest has asked for impact assessment on the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park in Assam.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/KMSS-against-Dibang-hydel-project-begins-road-blockade/articleshow/18901469.cms
 

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Flaws found in dam design - Panel deems Subansiri Lower Project foundation weak


A view of the Subansiri project site

Guwahati, March 17: The two-member technical expert committee constituted by the Planning Commission to review the Subansiri Lower Project has found serious flaws in the dam’s design.


The Central Water Commission had also pointed out flaws right during the technical examination.

“The weak foundation rock is the most important and critical aspect of the dam design and not the seismological aspects of the project location.
The background to the project planning is replete with references to the weak foundation,” the committee said in its report, which has still not been made public, though it was submitted to the commission last year.

The report was prepared by C.D. Thatte and M.S. Reddy.

It said the CWC had made explicit comments on the foundation and its suitability to support the proposed concrete dam.

It said the sandstone on which the dam is founded has been deemed very weak.

“Its adequacy and competence to support the concrete gravity dam is not established satisfactorily. The geology of the foundation rock and its engineering properties reveal that innovations are required to enable it to support the concrete dam, especially in view of the seismic environment. It is a prerequisite that the foundation rock should be as good, if not better than that of the concrete in the dam. It is therefore axiomatic that gravity dams should have hard rock as foundation,” it said.

It has been a general practice, since long, to set up an independent panel of experts to review dam design in all respects, including hydrology and hydraulic design, and has been a practice prevalent earlier in the NHPC.

“The seismology and foundation problems that a large dam at Gerukamukh has to encounter and negotiate were well known right from the project concept stage. The NHPC was not possibly unaware of the problems, including those of landslides. Therefore, it should not have sidestepped the simple prerequisite of forming a dam design review panel, which could have obviated the present impasse to a great extent. In fact, it should be made mandatory for the Subansiri middle and upper projects to have similar panels,” the report said.

The panel and the CWC should, after comprehensive review, recommend necessary design and engineering features to ensure satisfactory performance of the dam.

“The review needs to be completed soon so that project completion may not be delayed,” it recommended.

It says that in the context of the apprehensions of the downstream inhabitants, it is more important to have dam distress monitoring mechanism or a dam safety review panel, apart from the dam design review panel already proposed, to periodically inspect the dam in operation for signs of distress.

“There is even a Dam Safety Act currently under consideration by Parliament, though it is meant for a review to be undertaken once in 10 years. In an environment that is traumatised by floods and is pervaded by forebodings of earthquakes, a dam distress monitoring mechanism will go a long way in instilling confidence in the inhabitants,” it said.

The committee has made it clear that there should not be any apprehension of the project having any impact on Majuli.

“During floods, with Subansiri’s contribution limited to 10 per cent, the project will have only a ripple effect. The small fluctuations created on account of peaking may hardly be noticeable and therefore there should not be any apprehension of the project having any adverse effect on Majuli. It is not fair to put the responsibility of managing bank erosion along Majuli on the project. Erosion and flood management will continue to be the responsibility of the Assam government,” it said.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1130318/jsp/frontpage/story_16685559.jsp#.UUaQxtufhPE
 

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Scanty rainfall, stirs blamed for power crisis

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GUWAHATI, March 12 – Frequent agitations by different organizations and shortage of rainfall are the main reasons for the present severe power crisis faced by Assam, said Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi in the State Assembly today.

Replying to a Zero Hour question by Abdur Rahim Khan (AIUDF), the Minister said that the power demand is increasing at the rate of 14 per cent per annum, but the hydropower projects in the region are not functioning to its full capacity because of shortage of rainfall.

Giving details of the generation by the major hydropower projects, Bordoloi said that most projects, from where the State gets power, are not generating during the day time and they are generating only about 10 to 20 per cent of their capacity during the peak load period. The Ranganadi project, which has the capacity to generate 405 MW of power, generated only around 50 to 60 MW during the peak period yesterday. Similarly, the Karbi Langpi project having the capacity to generate 100 MW generated only 42 MW and the Kapili project also generated around 15 to 20 per cent of its capacity because of shortage of rainfall.

On the other hand, frequent agitations by different organizations seriously affected gas production in the oil fields of upper Assam thereby affecting the functioning of the thermal power stations. The 291 MW capacity Kathalguri project could generate only 107 MW of power yesterday, while, similar was the situation in Namrup and Lakwa thermal power stations due to shortage of gas supply, the Minister said.

Moreover, the State is not able to buy power from the market outside the region as after the grid failure last year, the Power Ministry is not allowing import of more than 400 MW . The State Government has already taken up the matter with the Union Power Ministry.

The Minister said that the hopes of the State were pinned on three major projects, but due to different reasons, the projects were delayed. He said that the Lower Subansiri project should have been completed by the end of 2012, but because of strong opposition by different organizations, the project is delayed. Similarly, the commissioning of the Bongaigaon Thermal Power Project by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) was delayed because of agitations, bandhs, violence in the BTAD areas etc. Last year, the work stopped for 110 days because of those reasons, which delayed the project. However, the project is likely to be commissioned later this year.

However, the Palatana project in Tripura is likely to start commercial generation soon and Assam would get 240 MW from the project, which would ease the situation to some extent.

http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=mar1313/city05
 

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Assam seeks Odisha's help for re allocation of Mandakini-B block

Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has urged his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik to take up the matter with Centre for the re allocation of the lost Mandakini B coal block in Odisha’s Angul district.

“ I request you to kindly look into the matter so that prospecting license to the joint venture is granted urgently and alos take up with Government of India for revival of the allocation of the block”, Gogoi wrote to Patnaik recently.

Mandakini-B coal block which has a reserve of 1200 million tonne, was jointly allocated to four PSUs, including Odisha Mining Corporation and Assam Mineral Development Corporation in July 2007 for the use of coal for power generation.

Other PSUs to which the coal block was allotted are Meghalaya Mineral Development Corporation and Tamil Nadu Electricity Board.

A joint venture was formed in 2009 with equal participation of all four allocates for exploration and exploitation of the block. The task of exploration of the coal was assigned to Central Mine Planning and Design Institute Ltd (CMPDIL), a subsidiary of Coal India limited.

“ However, the detail exploration work could not be taken up for want of prospecting license to be issued by the Government of Odisha, in spite of completing all procedural requirement for the purpose”, Gogoi stated in the letter.

He further stated, the joint venture company has been persuading Odisha government for grant of prospecting license (PL) to the company.

The chief secretary of Assam had taken up the issue of grant of PL with his counterpart in the state in 2011.

Mentioning Mandakini- B coal block as the only coal to PSU of Assam government , Gogoi expressed the poor power situation in the state is a serious concern and this block would have been of immense help to meet the deficit.

The ministry of coal based on the recommendations of the Inter Ministerial Group(IMG), had deallocated the coal block and demanded encashment of 50 per cent bank guarantee in December last year.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/assam-seeks-odisha-s-help-for-re-allocation-of-mandakini-b-block-113031600215_1.html
 

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Protests choke power stations - Dry spell, strikes and agitation blamed for reduced electricity generation in state


Guwahati, March 12: Assam power minister Pradyut Bordoloi today said the dry spell and disruption of gas supply to thermal power stations had led to the ongoing power crisis in the state.

Bordoloi told the Assembly that scanty rainfall had led to a decrease in water levels in rivers, affecting generation at Ranganadi, Karbi Langpi, Kopili, Khandong and Doyang hydropower plants. As a result, he said, the Ranganadi and Karbi Langpi plants generated power only between 5pm and 9pm to meet the peak demand.

He said the Ranganadi hydropower plant was currently generating between 50MW and 60MW against a total generation capacity of 405MW. “Similarly, the Karbi Langpi plant is generating only 42MW against its total generation capacity of 100MW. The situation is no different in Kopili, Khandong and Doyang hydropower projects,” he told the house.


The minister was replying to a question by AIUDF legislator Abdur Rahim Khan.

He said the situation had been further aggravated by the shortage of gas supply to Kathalguri, Namrup and Lakwa thermal power plants following agitations and protests at the installations and gas collecting stations of OIL in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts in Upper Assam. Some organisations had been staging the dharnas demanding jobs and contracts in OIL in the past few days.

“Because of consecutive strikes and other agitations from March 7 to 10, there had been severe disruptions in gas supply, as a result of which the power generation at the Kathalguri plant has come down to 107MW from its total generation capacity of 291MW. Similar is the situation in Namrup and Lakwa,” Bordoloi said.


He said the state government had asked the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia to ensure that illegal protests did not disrupt gas supply to the thermal power plants.

Bordoloi said, on an average the state is drawing between 15 to 20 per cent of the total power generation capacity of the plants. He said though Assam was purchasing 400MW of power from outside the region, even this had been interrupted because of a grid fault.

He said a delay in renovation of the Bongaigaon thermal power plant had also added to the woes, adding that initially the state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), which is doing the renovation, had set a December deadline for completion of the work. But owing to the BTAD riots, frequent strikes and road blockades, among others, now it is likely to be completed by the end of this year.

The minister said there were 110 days of strikes, road blockades and protests in Bongaigaon last year.

Assam will get 500MW from the Bongaigaon plant, which has a total generation capacity of 750MW.

Another plant on which Assam is banking on is the 750MW thermal power plant at Palatana in Tripura, which is likely to start production from next month. “Test runs are on at Palatana and it is expected to start generation from next month. Assam, which has an equity investment of around Rs 45 crore in the project, will get 240MW of power,” he said.

On the other hand, the ambitious 2,000MW Lower Subansiri mega dam project at Gerukamukh has been stalled for more than a year now, owing to protests over and reassessment of the downstream impact of the project.

In a related development, Assam State Power Workers Union members staged a sit-in today against the dissolution of Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB).
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1130313/jsp/frontpage/story_16666299.jsp#.UUaUx9ufhPE
 

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Assam government allocates Rs 531 crore for power sector

GUWAHATI, MAR 21:
Assam government has earmarked Rs 531 crore under plan and Rs 118 crore under Non-Plan for the state power sector during the financial year 2013-14.

The state was faced with a deficit of 350 MW during the peak period with peak demand for electricity rising to 1300 MW while the average power availability from own resources and central allotment during the peak period was only 950 MW, official sources said here today.


The situation was expected to improve after commercial production of the first unit of ONGC Tripura Power Company limited, Palatana and commissioning of Bongaigaon Thermal Power station of NTPC.

The 3 MW Stage II and 6 MW Stage I of Myntriang Small Hydro Electric Project was also expected to be commissioned during 2013-13 while further construction of the 120 MW Lower Kopili Hydro Electric Project will be initiated next year.:cheers:

The state government has further initiated several projects for improvement of power infrastructure which include electrification of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana and encouraging growth of new and renewable energy projects.

Under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana, electrification works in 7992 unelectrified villages and 12374 partially electrified villages have been completed while electric connections have been given to about nine lakh below poverty line households.

Trade Development Fund has also been made available to strengthen transmission and distribution network in the state.

Assam government has also proposed under the Chief Minister’s Power Supply Assurance Scheme to replace damaged transformers and install new transformers with associated lines and fittings in all constituencies of the state during 2013-14.

It was planning to launch soon a special initiative – Chief Minister’s Solar and Wind Power Mission to promote growth of new and renewable energy projects, particularly solar energy and wind power.

Several initiatives like Roof Top Solar Projects, Hybrid Renewable Energy Projects and Community based rural electrification models would also be initiated during 2013-14.


The state government has also given high priority to induct new hybrid technology for harnessing both solar and wind energy to generate electricity for street lighting through LED technology with facilities of Smart Grid/Remote Meter facilities.

The government was also laying emphasis on increasing the share of renewable energy in power generation to mitigate the shortage of energy faced by farmers.

The state government will make available Rs 1.5 crore to set up two solar power and storage project of one MW each at selected remote agricultural villages for using electricity for agricultural purposes.



http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/states/assam-government-allocates-rs-531-crore-for-power-sector/article4537474.ece
 

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State’s power scenario: Rs 7128 cr invested, but no result

GUWAHATI, March 25: In the name of power reforms, Rs 7128 crore has been invested in Assam from 2003 till date. But still, the power supply situation in the State remains the same. The State experiences blackouts for hours most of the time throughout the year. The Power Department still depends on the Rain God for power generation in the State.

Admitting the problem in Monday’s session of the State Assembly, State Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi said, “Large amount of power generation and power procurement could not be achieved so far in the State compared to the spiraling demand. Such situation will exist as long as we don’t give more thrust on thermal power projects instead of hydropower projects. The State government is putting pressure on the Central government to give a share of thermal power to Assam.”

“The Central government has recently commissioned a thermal power project in Tripura, which will soon start its production commercially. Assam will get its share of 120MW of thermal power from the Tripura thermal power project in the first phase,” Bordoloi said.

“Due to huge investment in power sector, energy delivery has increased from 3921 million units to 5355 million units in the State. The investment in the State’s power sector has been made with funds shared by the Central and State governments and external agencies,” he added.

As Bordoloi said, “Interestingly, in 2003, number of electricity consumers in the State were about 11.9 lakh but number of electricity consumers in the State have now increased to about 23 lakh. The power requirement for Guwahati city was 96MW in 2005 that has now increased to 240MW. Demand for power has increased manifold but production has not increased keeping in pace with the demand.”

“The Bongaigaon Thermal Power Project, which should have been completed within this year as per schedule, has not yet been completed due to several reasons. The process of revival of Chandrapur Thermal Power Project work has already been completed by the State government but due to environment clearance related problems, the Chandrapur Thermal Power Project could not be started. Similarly, the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project is also getting delayed due to several problems. Assam has demanded 600MW of power from the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project,” the Power Minister said, adding, “The Assam government has not signed the power sharing agreement with NHPC as our demand for 600MW of power from the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project has not yet been accepted by the Central government.”


On the cost of power production in the State, Minister Pradyut Bordoloi said, “In the last few years, the cost of power production in the State has increased to 300 per cent and because of this rise in power production cost, we were forced to hike power tariff.”

http://www.sentinelassam.com/mainnews/story.php?sec=1&subsec=0&id=153988&dtP=2013-03-26&ppr=1#153988
 

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OTPC 2nd unit may be hit by lack of clearances

It is dubbed as India’s most ambitious infrastructure project in the North-East. An international transit treaty had to be amended for it. But, three months from completion, the viability of the 727 MW gas-based ONGC Tripura Power (OTPC) project is being held to ransom by the bureaucracy.

According to sources in the Power Ministry, delays by the Assam government in paving the way for six high-tension towers (of a total of 1,831) may postpone commercial utilisation of the project, that entailed a total investment of Rs 5,300 crore (in power plant and transmission system) till end 2013.

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OTPC is investing Rs 3,500 crore to set up the generation facility at Palatana in Tripura. The project will use untapped gas resources in Tripura. The first 363.3 MW unit has been commissioned on a trial basis and the second is expected to go on stream in June-July.

In the absence of adequate local demand, the viability of the project depends on a Rs 1,800-crore transmission project connecting Palatana to the national grid, 600 km away, at Bongaigaon in Assam.

Promoted by a joint venture of OTPC and Power Grid, the first phase of the transmission system up to Byrnihat (572 towers) in Assam was completed on February 26. This will allow the first unit to be run on full load.

To ensure viability of the second unit, OTPC needs to erect the rest of the 1,259 towers before the monsoon, that is expected to hit the hills in May. Apart from crossing deep forests and hills, often accessible only by foot, the line will also cross the mighty Brahmaputra river.
Forest clearances

According to sources, the company is now nearing completion of the entire transmission system except, in patches (requiring erection of three towers each), in the Aie Valley and Goalpara forest ranges of Assam.

Of the two, the State has received stage-II clearance from the Ministry of Forests and Environment (MoEF) for Aie Valley nearly a year ago but is yet to notify the same.

There has hardly been progress for forest clearance in Goalpara as the State forest department is yet to approach the MoEF for the same, so clearances are unlikely before the monsoon.

“The monsoon lasts nearly six months (May-October) in this region and is relatively heavy. No construction activity is possible during the period. If OTPC doesn’t get the due clearances for the remaining six towers in next couple of days, completion of the transmission project will be delayed by at least six months,” a source said.

Indications are clear: the second unit at Palatana, even if goes on stream on time, will end up idling.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/otpc-2nd-unit-may-be-hit-by-lack-of-clearances/article4558826.ece
 

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President to inaugurate power plant

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Silchar, May 4: The much-awaited 726.6MW gas-based power plant at Palatana in Tripura’s Gomati district will formally go onsteam next month after President Pranab Mukherjee commissions it.


Stating this at a rally organised here in connection with the 11th annual conference of the Assam State Democratic Youth Federation of India, a youth wing of the CPM, yesterday, Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar said the plant, jointly owned by ONGC and the Tripura government, had completed the trial run and was ready for regular production.

Sarkar, however, added that no date had been fixed for its inauguration, as Rashtrapati Bhavan, which, despite giving a nod to the government’s request for the President’s visit to Tripura to commission the plant, was yet to fix a date.

Assam will get 200MW of power from this plant.


http://www.telegraphindia.com/1130505/jsp/northeast/story_16858567.jsp#.UYTdhaJxSGM
 

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Thermal plants to improve power scene

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GUWAHATI, May 6 – The commissioning of the gas-based 726-MW Palatana Thermal Power Station in Tripura and the 750-MW Bongaigaon Thermal Power Station can make the power situation comfortable in Assam at least for the next 2 to 3 years.

Making this claim, sources in the Assam Power Generation Company Ltd (APGCL) said that the State’s share from the Palatana project is 240 MW and that from the Bongaigaon project is 381 MW. At present, the State is facing a power supply shortfall of around 500 MW. The present peak load hour (6 pm to 11 pm) power demand of the State is 1280 MW and it is getting a supply of around 800 MW. Presently, the additional power purchase made by the State has kept the supply shortfall at 150 MW.

Sources also underlined the need for making the environment in Bongaigaon favourable to enable the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) complete the Bongaigaon Project by 2014. Frequent bandh calls are stalling its works.

Sources also underscore the need of the State urgently taking up the issue of coal linkage to the 500-MW coal-based Margherita Thermal Power Station it has proposed, with the Union Government. Otherwise, the coal linkage order in favour of the project may not be possible.

Sources maintained that the land allotment order and water availability report concerning this thermal power station were sent to the Union Ministry of Power (MoP) about a month back, the Power Ministry is yet to recommend the project’s coal linkage proposal to the Ministry of coal.

Unless the matter is taken up either by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi or by Power Minister Pradyut Bardoloi with the Union Government, it is unlikely that the project would get the coal linkage order issued in its favour.

It needs mention here that the application for the 500-MW project was filed in 2009. But the Government of India (GoI) responded to it in 2011.


In case of the 60-MW Chandrapur Thermal Power Station, which has now been converted to a coal-based one, sources said the MoP has written to the Coal Ministry for issuing a coal linkage order in favour of this project. Coal Ministry order in this regard is awaited.

Under such a situation, the State Government has made its readiness to bear the enhanced cost of generation known to the private developer of the project, in case the power station is revived with imported coal.

The agreement for the project was signed with the private party in 2009 and it was expected to be commissioned in 2011. If its work is started now, it will take another two years for its commissioning.


The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) approval for the 120-MW Lower Kopili Hydroelectric Power Project of the APGCL is expected by the next three to four months, sources said.


http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=may0713/state06
 

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Assam wants speical coal linkages for two power projects

Assam has demanded 'special' coal linkages from the Centre for two of its thermal power projects - one a greenfield project and the other a revival project. The state has also expressed its uneasiness for having made to bear the "huge burden" of under-recoveries by way of the policy of discount on crude oil prices to compensate the downstream oil companies.

The state government has sought long term linkage of 0.2 million metric tonnes of coal to revive the 60 MW thermal power plant at Chandrapur, near Guwahati, and 1 million metric tonnes for the proposed 500 MW thermal power plant in Margherita, in Upper Assam. The Marghertia project was envisioned way back in 2008, but due to non-availability of any coal linkage for the project, it hasn't yet seen the light of the day.


In a meeting with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has sought that coal linkages for the two power projects be ensured. Gogoi said Assam had been pursuing with the Union ministry of power and the ministry of coal to provide "special" coal linkages for the two projects.

The chief minister sought Singh's intervention for allocation of power from projects located in Bhutan. "The hydroelectric projects in Bhutan have been set up with assistance from India over rivers which flow from Bhutan into Assam. However, there is negligible allocation of power to Assam from these projects. We, therefore, request your kind intervention for allocation of power from the Central sector quota or otherwise from these power projects to Assam. This would help improve the efficiency of the transmission system located in North-East."


Taking up the crude oil discount policy, Gogoi said the Assam has been made to bear the "huge burden of under-recoveries" by way of a policy of discount on crude oil prices "with a view to compensate the oil marketing companies". "Such discount policy has not only adversely affected the VAT (value added tax) and Entry Tax collection realised on post discount price, but also has badly hit the royalty collection of the state. Such discount policy on the international price of crude oil has led to loss of revenue of around Rs. 537 crore to the state on account of VAT and Entry Tax alone during the year 2012-13", he added.

Gogoi also took up the loss of royalty incurred by the Assam government due to discount on sale price of crude oil. Gogoi said that though the state government had taken up the matter with the Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas on the need for redressal of the injustice being meted out to the state, the latter had not yet taken any favourable decision.

Gogoi requested the Prime Minister to keep crude oil and petroleum products outside the purview of Goods and Services Tax (GST). "We strongly feel that the existing provision of Clause 12A in Article 366 of proposed 115th Constitutional Amendment Bill to keep these products outside GST are in right spirit and should not be tampered with," he added.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/assam-wants-speical-coal-linkages-for-two-power-projects-113050901005_1.html
 

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EU team to explore clean energy

Guwahati, May 23: A team of clean tech experts from the European Union (EU) will explore opportunities in energy and water sectors of the Northeast later this month.

The team’s visit to Guwahati and Shillong from May 27 to 29, during which it will interact with organisations, companies and government agencies, is part of the European Business and Technology Centre’s (EBTC) Cleantech Expert Mission to the Northeast.

Cleantech or clean technology is referred to a diverse range of products, services, and processes that harness renewable energy sources, reduce the use of natural resources, and cut or eliminate emissions.

The experts will also showcase EU technologies, giving Indian counterparts the opportunity for first-hand insight into available solutions to address current energy and water challenges.

“The mission will lead to a focussed report on how EU technology can help in developing resilient solutions to the intricate and entangled issues of clean energy and water, and also the identification of prospects and project opportunities for EU-India collaborations in the sectors,” said an official of the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

The chamber and Fraunhofer MOEZ, a leading European organisation for applied research, are partnering EBTC in the mission.

EBTC, implemented by the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, supports EU Cleantech companies and researchers on their market entry to India. The region in particular offers immense opportunities for EU-India Cleantech collaboration.

“The Northeast has an abundance of biomass and water resources that offer an attractive space for EU technologies. At the same time, one needs to be aware of the ground conditions. The first issue is to find the right partners and the second is to get pilot demonstration projects. Public-private partnership can be a solution for the uptake of pilot demonstration projects,” said EBTC regional manager Suman Lahiri.


http://www.telegraphindia.com/1130524/jsp/northeast/story_16929777.jsp
 

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President dedicates Palatana power project to the nation

Agartala, June 21 (IANS): India and Bangladesh must help each other to develop and achieve self-reliance in the energy sector, President Pranab Mukherjee said here on Friday.
"India has been trying to help Bangladesh meet its electricity crisis by setting up a common grid along the border of the two countries," Mukherjee said, after dedicating to the nation the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation's (ONGC) first ever commercial power project in India.

"India's 30 crore people still remain without electricity. In the next five years, India is expected to add 88,000 MW of electricity to its existing power supply system," Mukherjee said.

The gas-based power project, set up at Palatana in southern Tripura, 60 km south of here, will resolve the power crisis of seven of the eight northeastern states as the electricity from it would be transmitted to the power-starved northeast through the national transmission grid.

The president, in a brief 10-minute speech delivered extempore, said: "Without the help of Bangladesh, transportation of the heavy project equipment and turbines to Palatana project could not be possible, if that country did not allow their territory to ferry these heavy machineries."

From this power plant Assam will get the maximum share of 240 MW of electricity followed by Tripura (196 MW), Meghalaya (79 MW), Manipur (42 MW), Nagaland (27 MW), Mizoram (22 MW) and Arunachal Pradesh (22 MW), while Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL & FS) and ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC) keep 98 MW.


Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister M. Veerappa Moily, in his speech, said: "As huge natural gas reserves are found in Tripura and the state would soon be power surplus, it will lead India to attain energy independence in the near future."

Tripura Governor Devanand Konwar, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Panabaka Lakshmi, Tripura Power Minister Manik Dey, ONGC CMD Sudhir Vasudeva, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Tariq A. Karim and others were present at the inaugural function.

State-owned ONGC's 726 MW gas-based combined cycle power plant at Palatana began generating electricity on a trial basis from its first 363 MW unit on October 22 last year.

The second 363 MW unit would likely start operations by August this year.

To set up the Rs.10,000-crore power plant, including transmission lines, ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC) was floated by ONGC, the Tripura government and Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Service Limited (IL&FS), an infrastructure and financial service organisation.

The Palatana project is a hallmark of cooperation between India and Bangladesh, which ensured smooth passage of heavy project equipment and turbines to Palatana through its territory by road and waterways, from Haldia port in West Bengal.


"A 400KV high transmission power line (660 km) has been drawn up to Silchar in southern Assam from Palatana to connect with the Bongaigaon national grid in western Assam to distribute the electricity to various northeastern states," OTPC managing director Sudhindra Kumar Dube said.


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone of the power project in October 2005.
 

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Siang-II project may revive dam row in northeast

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GUWAHATI: Despite growing protests from environmentalists about the dangers of constructing dams and hydro-electric power projects in the northeast, the Arunachal Pradesh government signed a memorandum of agreement with the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) for the 3,750-MW Siang Upper Stage II hydro-electric project as recent as May 28.


With this, the number of agreements signed for hydro-electric projects in the state has gone up to 154 for a total generation of 44,000 MW. According to the latest MoA, NEEPCO will implement the project on the Siang river in the Upper Siang district on a build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) basis for a lease period of 40 years. The Siang, which originates as Tsangpo in Tibet, is one of the major tributaries of the Brahmaputra.


Under this joint venture initiative, the government will have an equity share of 26 per cent, while the balance 74 per cent will be shared among NEEPCO and NHPC. NEEPCO will pay an upfront money of Rs 250 crore.

After entering Arunachal Pradesh near Gelling, the total length of Siang, up to its confluence with Dibang and Lohit, is 294.5 km. Three hydro-electric projects are planned on this river, including the Siang Upper Stage II project. The other two are - 2,700 MW Siang Lower and 6,000 MW Siang Upper Stage I hydro-electric projects.


While stiff opposition has virtually halted the construction work of the Lower Subansiri project at Gerukamukh bordering Assam, the public hearing of the Siang Lower project faced resistance from anti-dam activists last year.

The signing of the latest MoA has enraged activists. "The Adi and Apatami communities, which depend on cultivation in the plains, are going to suffer the most because of submergence. With so many projects planned on the Siang, the communities dependent on cultivation will be forced to go for jhum cultivation. Basically, these projects are to destroy indigenous communities," said Vijay Taram of the Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD).

Bamang Tago, political secretary to the Arunachal Pradesh chief minister, Nabam Tuki, said the government is committed to the safety and security of the local communities. Tago said the government has signed the MoA with a public sector company so that the interest of the local communities and concerns are addressed in the right way.

"The government did not go for an agreement with any private company for the Siang Upper Stage II project considering the interest of the local communities. We need power for the development of the state and the country as a whole," said Tago.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Siang-II-project-may-revive-dam-row-in-northeast/articleshow/20962044.cms
 

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More power for Northeast India

Agartala, Aug 1 (IANS): With the commissioning of new hydel and thermal projects, state-run North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) is expecting to add over 6,000 MW of power to its current capacity in the coming years.:cheers::cheers:
"Many hydel and thermal power projects are now at various stages of commissioning... Completion of the under commissioning and planned projects in different northeastern states would generate over 6,000 MW in the region," NEEPCO chairman and managing director (CMD) PC Pankaj told IANS in an interview.

NEEPCO, which got the 'Miniratna' status in April this year, has an installed capacity of 1,130 MW, which is 47 percent of the total installed capacity of the northeastern region.

The NEEPCO CMD had come here from Shillong to supervise the Monarchak 101 MW capacity power project in Sonamura in western Tripura, bordering Bangladesh. He met Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, Power Minister Manik Dey and other officials and discussed progress of the power plant.

"The gas based Monarchak power project would start generating electricity by September this year if the ONGC ensures supply of gas to the project," Pankaj said, adding that the project cost has escalated from Rs.623 crore to Rs.960 crore due to delay in execution of the plant.

He said 51 MW would be generated by NEEPCO's 84 MW capacity Agartala thermal power project at Ramchandra Nagar near here by August next year.

The hydro-power potential of the northeastern region is estimated at about 58,971 MW, but only less than two percent (1,200 MW) has so far been harnessed till early this year. NEEPCO is also planning to generate at least 1,500 MW power from non-conventional sources of energy such as solar and wind in the next five years.

In the region that comprises eight states and has a population of 45.58 million, the peak hour demand of electricity is around 2,000 MW.

According to an official document, 19 power projects, including twelve 3,918 MW capacity hydel power projects and four thermal power projects with installed capacity of 5,595 MW, are now in various stages of commissioning and planning in the northeastern region by different organisations, including NEEPCO.


The power plants would be set up in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Mizoram and Tripura.

Three power projects totalling 1,344 MW would also be commissioned by private organisations in Arunachal Pradesh.


Pankaj said NEEPCO would sponsor an industrial training institute at Sonamura in western Tripura.

http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=aug0113/at047
 

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Power supply scene stable in State

GUWAHATI, Aug 10 – The supply position of power in the State is more or less stable at present even though natural adversities are creating problems at places, said sources in the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL).
Talking to this newspaper, APDCL sources said the power distribution company is procuring an additional amount of 100 MW of power from different sources to bridge the gap between supply and demand.

The failure of the Palatana Thermal Power Station in Tripura to run its commercial operations as per the previously declared schedule has led to the necessity of procuring the additional 100 MW of power.


The arrangement was such that the State would get 120-MW of power from the Palatana Thermal Power Station once the Tripura power station starts its commercial operation. But this thermal power station has sought permission to postpone its commercial operation till end December due to non-availability of quality gas, sources said.


The total amount of power the State is now getting from all the sources amounts to 1150 MW against a demand fluctuating between 1,150 MW and 1,250 MW. At present, around 60 per cent of its power requirement is met by the hydel power stations, while the thermal power stations meet around 40 per cent of its power needs.

It is expected that a 250-MW unit of the Bongaigaon Thermal Power Project will start commercial operation in April next year. From it, the State is to get around 125 MW of power, sources said.


http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=aug1113/at094
 

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Bhel Project delay irks Assam Power Corp


GUWAHATI: State-owned Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd (APGCL) has served a pre-termination notice to Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) for delay in the implementation of a 100-MW Namrup replacement power project.


"APGCL is taking action for recovery of liquidated damage from Bhel as per the contract," Assam Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi told ET. Bhel was awarded the EPC contract of the project in December 2008 and the commissioning of the project was scheduled for January 2012. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had laid the foundation stone for the project on March 1, 2009.

According to an APGCL statement released at the inauguration meeting, it was committed that Bhel would implement the project 100 days ahead of the scheduled date of completion. APGCL said Bhel could complete only 40% of the civil work and is asking for several months more to complete the project .


"Bhel has implemented several projects across the country, however, we are pained that it has failed to deliver our project in time," Bordoloi said. Assam is looking to commission new projects as the state is facing huge power shortage.

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-08-17/news/41420840_1_bharat-heavy-electricals-ltd-foundation-stone-epc-contract
 

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Cost escalation takes Rs 1,000-cr toll on NHPC’s stalled Subansiri project

Cost escalation takes Rs 1,000-cr toll on NHPC’s stalled Subansiri project

NHPC Ltd has so far suffered cost over-run of more than Rs 1,000 crore on the Subansiri hydro power project on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, which has been stalled due to protests by local residents. The 2,000 MW project was expected to be commissioned in September 2010.
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“It is expected that within this month, some major breakthrough would be made. Re-starting of work would take sometime, as it is stopped for more than one and a half year . Re-mobilisation of resources would take some time. It will take four to four and a half year to complete after we re-start work. This means, this project would not be completed during the 12th Five Year Plan,” A. B. L. Srivastava, Director (Finance), of the public sector power producer, told Business Line.

Till June 30, NHPC had spent Rs 6,614 crore on the project. “The expert committee appointed by the Government confirmed that the dam is safe. However, some additional precautions have been prescribed, which NHPC is ready to follow,” Srivastava added.


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NHPC is looking to partner private players for new greenfield projects. It has invited expressions of interest from private sector greenfield projects, where the construction has started. “Most of the projects have been allotted by State Government, either to State entities or the private sector. In order to expand our business, we decided to go for joint venture. This is because NHPC is the most experienced player and has cash flow. Private sector lacks both, as they have limited cash flow and less experience in setting up and running hydro projects,” Srivastava said.

When asked about NHPC’s previously held discussions with private players for joint venture which did not bear fruit, he said, “In order to make a transparent process and not negotiate with individual parties, we have called for expressions of interest.”

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/cost-escalation-takes-rs-1000cr-toll-on-nhpcs-stalled-subansiri-project/article5032718.ece
 
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