Agartala, Oct17: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is now ready to supply gas to two major thermal power projects, Palatana in South Tripura district and Manarchak in West Tripura district, official sources said today.
“The ONGC is fully ready to supply 1.9 MMSCMD gas per day to cater to the needs of Palatana and Monarchak power plants”, ONGC's Tripura Asset Manager K Satyanarayana said today.
As per the schedule, the first phase of 726 MW power project will be operational by February next year though it was supposed to come up by the end of this year while the NEEPCO fixed up a target of generation from it's 104 MW power project at Manarchak by March 2013 next.
As per the plan, the ONGC will supply gas to Palatana power project from 14 wells in phases so that it could run for 20/22 years.
In view of the growing demands for natural gas, the ONGC has kicked off ‘Mission six Million' to increase gas production and set a target of exploring 41 wells in Tripura by next year.
“We are hopeful of achieving the target within the scheduled time”, he said.
However, the Asset Manager made it clear that the ONGC would not be in a position to supply gas for any new project after meeting demand of Palatana and Manarchak power plants.
Satyanarayana said, the ONGC discovered a well at Khoubal in North Tripura district last year and trying hard to explore more wells in the state.