NTPC to establish 15 MW power plant in SA before March 31

Port Blair
11 Jan 2018

The Andaman and Nicobar Administration is taking all possible steps to reduce the load shedding and normalize the power supply as early as possible. In this regard, a meeting was chaired by the Minister of Power on Wednesday on the request of Lt. Governor regarding present power shortage in South Andaman and the best Energy Mix for these islands to provide 24 x 7 power supply to all as envisaged by Govt. of India. The meeting was attended by the Lt. Governor, Chief Secretary, Commissioner-cum-Secretary (Power), wherein Secretary (MOP), Secretary (MNRE) GOI, CMD (NTPC), Chairman (CEA), Managing Director (PLL), Additional Secretary (MHA) along with other officials from Ministry of Power, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, PGCIL, SECI and NLC etc. were also present.
It was decided that NTPC will establish 15 MW Power Plant in South Andaman before 31st March, 2018 as a short term solution to tide over the present power crisis. On long term basis NTPC will establish 50 MW Gas Based Power Plant in South Andaman and Petronet LNG Ltd., will be constructing the Floating, Storage and Re-Gasification Unit (FSRU) for supply of Gas to the 50 MW Power Plant. In the Renewable Energy sector, the Minister directed NTPC and NLC to go ahead with the Solar Plants along with requisite Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to check the intermittencies due to cloud movement.  It was also decided that PGCIL shall go ahead to establish Energy Management Centre (EMC) for which funds will be arranged by Ministry of Power.