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Power plant for Barak valley

Silchar June 25: The Assam Power Generation Company Ltd (APGCL) will set up a plant at Sonabarighat village, nearly 7km from here.

According to official sources here, this will be the second power generation project envisaged for Cachar district.

The first power project comprising two plants — one at Banskandi with a capacity of 15.5MW of power and another in Adamtilla in Karimganj district, with the capacity of generating about 9MW of power — failed in 2011 after the stocks of natural gas depleted.

The new gas-based power plant in Sonabarighat aims at producing 30MW of power, according to APGCL sources in Guwahati. The power plant will be set up after three years and will bring much relief to Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts.

The current power requirement at peak time is estimated at 110MW, but actual availability is generally pegged at its 75 per cent on an average.

An official of the company told The Telegraph from Guwahati today that the overall cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 150 crore.

The ONGCL’s two gas fields in Bhubandar will provide natural gas for the project. The requirement to generate 30MW of steady power in Bhubandar in general is estimated at two cubic million metres of gas per day.

The region has been smarting under an acute power crunch for the past two days following a technical snag at the Palatana power plant in Tripura in its 400KV lines transmission line to Srikona power station near here.

There are three thermal power plants in Assam — the Kathalguri thermal power plant, Lakwa thermal power station and Namrup thermal power station.

All three are situated in Upper Assam.

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