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ONGC, Neepco bicker on gas supply

Agartala, June 17: The ONGC’s Tripura asset manager, B.P. Mahawar, has directly contradicted a statement made by North Eastern Electric Power Corporation’s chairman-cum-managing director P.C. Pankaj regarding supply of natural gas to Neepco’s 102MW thermal power plant at Monarchak in Sonamura subdivision.

Interacting with the media last week, Pankaj had charged ONGC’s Tripura asset with failure to supply natural gas to Neepco’s Monarchak plant and thus causing a monthly loss of Rs 5 crore.

Addressing reporters at ONGC, Tripura asset’s headquarters at the Amotoli area of Agartala, asset manager B.P. Mahawar said Neepco’s plant at Monarchak, including its fire safety system and pipeline for gas supply, were not ready and turbines were “just en route” to Agaratla.

“We are in a position to supply natural gas to Neepco within three months but their plant and other auxiliaries will not be ready by that time as assessed by the Engineers India Ltd. So, there is no question of ONGC’s failure to supply natural gas and causing loss to Neepco,” Mahawar said.

He added that “ground realities” pertaining to Neepco’s plant and preparedness were at variance with what Pankaj had said.

“Neepco's problem is that their demand for natural gas is much more than what we are supplying to OTPC for power generation in Palatana project. As Palatana is a combined cycle project we have to supply only 4,600 cubic metres of gas for generating one megawatt of power but Neepco uses open cycle method and their demand of gas for generating a single megawatt is 10,000 cubic metres,” Mahawar said.

Describing ONGC as a partner of progress in Tripura, Mahawar said: “ONGC is committed to partner Tripura in its journey towards development and progress.” He said ONGC had discovered 11 gas fields across the state and out of this, six were at the stage of production already while the remaining five were being prepared for production.

“In 2010-2011, ONGC Tripura asset had given royalty worth Rs 56.74 crore while in the 2013-2014 financial year, we had given royalty of Rs 96 crore because of the increase in production and overall operations,” said Mahawar.

He added that ONGC had spent Rs 44 crore on corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities by donating computers to schools, organising medical camps and by arranging 10 eye-camps in which 254 cataract surgeries had been performed.

“We have donated ambulances and distributed aids and appliances among disabled persons and spent good amounts to preserve and protect the cultural tradition of Tripura,” Mahawar said.