NEEPCO‘s Gas Based Combine Cycle Power Project is stuck up due to non-compliance of the earlier commitment made by ONGC regarding gas supply. According to the gas supply agreement signed between the two parties, supply of gas was scheduled to commence from March 23, 2013. However, there are no signs of gas supply from ONGC to the site even after 10 months of scheduled date. As a result NEEPCO’s pre-commissioning and commissioning works are held up. With ONGC not heeding to NEEPCO’s request, the latter has sought the intervention of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
NEEPCO is setting up 101 MW Gas Based Combine Cycle Power Project in Tripura Monarchak at an estimated cost of Rs 623 crore. The project which had received PIB clearance in 2010 and CCEA clearance 2011 has seen the installation work complete way back in September 2013. However, NEEPCO has not been able to put gas turbine on pre-commissioning and commissioning as the gas supply by ONGC is still awaited. In a meeting held in November last year, ONGC had committed to ensure gas supply by May this year. However, as no steps have been taken by ONGC to ensure gas supply from scheduled date, NEEPCO has knocked on petroleum ministry’s door for an early resolution of the matter.