Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has alleged that ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC) has run up huge unpaid dues to the tune of Rs. 175 crore and this is seriously affecting the smooth and timely execution of 726 MW Tripura Gas Based Combined Cycle Project. OTPC is a joint venture Company of ONGC, ILFS and Tripura government.
It may be recalled here that the unit I of the project was commissioned on January 4, 2014 and the unit is running successfully as per availability of gas and grid demand. However, the problem is with the second unit which was synchronized on March 8, 2014 but BHEL claims that it was not able to go ahead with the trial operation of the unit due to non-availability of gas and load demand. According to BHEL it has incurred a huge expenditure in mobilizing commissioning experts from concerned units as well as from GE USA. BHEL has now sought the intervention of the petroleum ministry to speedy disbursement of outstanding amount.