Sources said that the ministry of energy is trying to rope in a Japanese company for funding the project which is gas-based. Sources added that with the decision to import natural gas from Bangladesh, the project would be benefitted as natural gas supply would be available uninterrupted. Gail is one of the three public sector units involved in supplying gas to the potential customers in India from Bangladesh.
The energy ministry launched a similar project in West Tripura last year. The foundation for a 500 MW power plant was laid in West Tripura and the plant is being set up at an estimated cost of Rs 18,000 crore. Work on the project started in October last year.
Power from this project would be supplied to Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and some of the North-Eastern states and work will be completed within the next three years. North Eastern Electric Power Corporation has been entrusted with the task of completion of the project. ONGC will supply gas for the power project and the state would draw 60 MW power from the plant. Gail’s main customers in Tripura are power plants and natural gas is supplied from Rokhia and Baramura fields to Rokhia and Baramura power plants.