The ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC) and Tripura government are locked in a race to bag the country's power export deal with neighbouring Bangladesh. Power is generated at the gas-based 726 MW capacity Palatana project.
The inter-country power transfer route was finalized after a joint inspection by representatives from both the countries on Monday. Power will be transmitted from Tripura's state grid at Suryamaninagar to South Comilla of Bangladesh, covering a total stretch of 51 km, including 24 km in India. OTPC and the Tripura government have started lobbying in Delhi to clinch the deal.
The state government and OTPC had approached the Union ministry of power in August expressing interests to sell 100-MW power to Bangladesh from their respective shares, said Northeast Regional Power Committee (NERPC) officials. The ministry has not yet taken any decision on the issue.
The Centre will talk to state government and OTPC officials separately to consider the claims of the two parties in this regard before finalizing the deal, the official added.
The state government has claimed that it does not have any other option to sell out power from its own share since it does not have industries, said NERPC officials. State will generate a total of 350 MW daily in December once all the projects start working.
"The state's daily electricity requirement in peak season for domestic purposes is a maximum of 200-240 MW. It either has to supply the remaining portion to the National Power Grid at Bongaigoan in Assam or transmit it to the Bangladesh grid," official said.
OTPC officials argued that since the company, with world class expertise, is the main power producer for the Palatana project, it should be given priority to sell electricity to Bangladesh.
OTPC does not have a customer in Tripura other than the state government which can buy 200 MW power from it. The only other option left for it is to supply electricity to the national grid.
"OTPC is desperately trying to bag the deal with Bangladesh which will earn it an international power supplier's tag. It will generate power for the world's largest clean development project in gas-based turbine at the cost of Rs 10,000 crore," the NERPC official said.