Tripura to set up 120 MW gas-based power plant

The Tripura government has plans to set up a 120 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power plant funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), top officials have reportedly said.

Tripura State Electricity Corporation Ltd (TSECL) Managing Director Debasish Sarkar said that a gas based thermal power project in Rokhia under the Sepahijala district would be upgraded from 63 MW to 120 MW under the “Capacity Augmentation” system.

“Initial cost of the power project was Rs 770 crore, now it has increased to Rs 840 crore. The ADB would provide funding in an 80:20 ratio. Central and state governments would also contribute to the project,” Sarkar told IANS.

He said that the detailed project report is being prepared for the power project for which a global e-tender has already been invited.

Sarkar said that this power project would not only be more techno-economically viable but also it would generate eco-friendly power. Most importantly, it would reduce the generation cost and thus, it would help in reducing the power tariff of the consumers.

Earlier the ADB had agreed to provide Rs 1,925 crore under the “Tripura Power Generation Upgradation and Distribution Reliability Improvement Project”.

Sarkar said that presently, the TSECL has a total outstanding amount of Rs 566.82 crore. To collect this outstanding amount, TSECL has enhanced its spot collection facility to a great extent, door-to-door persuasion to the consumers going on, and some more digital facilities initiated like UPI, Bidyutbandhu app, and web portal are also introduced.

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