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OTPC Power Project: Bangladesh consent to purchase 100 Megawatt Power: Radial Interconnection line likely to be completed by December 2015
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OTPC Power Project: Bangladesh consent to purchase 100 Megawatt Power: Radial Interconnection line likely to be completed by December 2015
PHOTO : OTPC Palatana Plant. TIWN File Photo

AGARTALA, April 1 (TIWN): Bangladesh government gives consent to purchase 100 Megawatts (MW) power from Tripura. However, the completion of the setting-up of the Radial Interconnection Line likely to get completed within December 2015. In the meantime, the work for setting-up of powerline from Suryamaninagar to South Comilla will be starting from April. It is to be mentioned here that earlier, a joint team of India and Bangladesh shortlisted a 51 KM long route from Suryamaninagar in Agartala to South Comilla in Bangladesh for the proposed Radial Interconnection Line. The Indian part of the supply line would cover a 24 KM distance from Suryamaninagar to Konaban border in Sepahijala district of Tripura. The Bangladesh part will extend for 27 KM from Konaban to South Comilla. India had commenced supply of 250 MW of power to Bangladesh last year after the government ¬run Bangladesh Power Development Board and India's NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd (NVVN), a subsidiary of India's National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), signed a deal Feb 28, 2012 to supply 250 MW of electricity following an agreement signed during Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to New Delhi in January 2010. To provide power to Bangladesh, a 400 KV switching station has been set up at Baharampur in West Bengal.

The cross-­border inter­connection has been established between Baharampur (India) and Bheramara (Bangladesh).

The supply of power to the neighboring country will act  is a brand of co-operation between two countries, 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 series of meetings were held since last year in New Delhi, Dhaka and Agartala to finalise the strategy to supply power to Bangladesh from Tripura's Palatana power project. State­ owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has commissioned its biggest ever 726 MW capacity commercial power project at Palatana in southern Tripura, 60 km south of Agartala. The power generation from the first unit (363 MW) of the Rs.9,000 ­crore Palatana power plant began December 2013 and the second unit (363 MW) is expected to start generation by the next month. The Palatana project is a hallmark of cooperation between India and Bangladesh, which ensured the smooth passage of heavy project machineries and turbines to Palatana through its territory by road and waterways from Haldia port in West Bengal. The state owned North East Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) is setting up a 104 MW power project at Monarchak in western Tripura, 70 km south of Agartala, and just eight km from the India Bangladesh border.

 

 

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