Northeast India maybe in a position to channelize surplus electricity to parts of North India if the Power Grid Corporation of India is to be believed.
A 1,800 km transmission line from Assam to Agra is likely to provide some relief to electricity-starved north India this summer.
“The 1,800-km-long 800 Kv high voltage direct current transmission corridor would be operationalized by May, facilitating the supply of power from northeast India to north India,” Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) chairman-cum-managing director R.N. Nayak said.
The PGCIL erected the vital transmission line from Biswanath Chariali in Assam to Agra for Rs.11,000 crore,” he added. According to the official, the transmission line would be capable of transmitting 6,000 MW of electricity.
According to Power Grid Corporation of India, the northeast is going to be power surplus this year.
The eight northeastern states’ off-peak and peak demand on an average is 1,500 MW to 2,500 MW against the current installed capacity of 4,730 MW.
The installed capacity, according to electrical engineers and government documents, would increase significantly before the next year-end after the completion of several mega hydro-electric, coal and gas-based power plants.
Several mega Hydro power projects are under commissioning in Northeast India, which could be called India’s power house if get operational on time.
Aming these, the 110 MW pare Project and the 600 MW Kamreng project being commissioned by the North East Electrical Power Corporation (NEEPCO) in Arunachal is significant.
In Assam also, the centre has already instructed the Assam government to stress on the construction of the 2000MW Lower Subansiri Mega dam along the Assam –Arunachal border despite much hue and cry by various civil organizations including the one of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samitee.
“NEEPCO is also planning to generate at least 1,500 MW from non-conventional sources of energy such as solar and wind in the next five years,” says Chairman and Managing Director NEEPCO P.C. Pankaj said.
The region is home to a 151.68 billion cubic metre reserve of natural gas which is capable of generating 7,500 MW of electricity for 10 years.
The region also possesses 864.78 million tonnes of coal against the country’s reserves of 186 billion tonnes – enabling about 240 MW of power to be generated for 100 years.
With inputs from: The Northeast Today
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