Contract with SPCL expires, Power Dept committed to overcome deficit soon

Port Blair
31 Mar 2018

The 15-year contract of M/s SPCL has expired on Saturday due to which there will be power deficit of around 6.5 MW. However, the department has initiated numerous short and long term projects for resolving of the power crisis. Of the many projects and to offset this shortage, the Electricity Department under the aegis of A&N Administration and under the guidance of the Ministry of Power, GoI have signed an agreement with the NVVN (100% subsidiary of NTPC) for establishment of 5 MW and 10 MW DG Power Plant at Port Blair at the earliest. Of the two power plants, the work for the commissioning of 05 MW DG Power Plants is going on war footing and is likely to start delivering the power by 2nd/3rd April, 2018. Once the Power Plant is operational, it is likely to counter the deficit arrived due to the closure of M/s SPCL. The tender for 10 MW Power Plant will be opened on 04th April, 2018 and it expected that 50% of the capacity shall be added in the grid by mid-May, 2018. The residents of the islands have been requested to conserve electricity and regulate consumption by following prudent practice, a release from the Electricity Department said.