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Tripura Power Minister Ratan Lal Nath attends NERPC meeting, discusses green energy projects


By TC News Desk

Agartala, December 09: Tripura Power Minister Ratan Lal Nath participated in the 25th North Eastern Regional Power Committee (NERPC) meeting held here on Friday, where he discussed various electricity related issues of the entire North East India and the state’s initiatives to implement clean and green energy projects.

The meeting, organized under the supervision of NTPC, took some important decisions related to the interest of the state. Completing the work of 400 KV sub-station in Suryamnagar quickly, so that direct connection will be established from Palatana power generation station through 400 KV transmission line, improving the reliability and stability of power transmission. Completing the 132 KV double circuit line work from Manarchak to Suryamnagar, so that the power generated from Manarchak power generation plant comes directly to Suryamnagar sub-station through double circuit line. Installing surge arresters on high power transmission lines, so that there is no damage to the transmission line due to lightning and the power flow is normal during rainstorms.

Including high capacity mobile sub-stations and mobile towers (Emergency Restoration System) in the power transmission management of the state, which will help in emergency based restoration and replacement of the power system in case of problems in any of the existing sub-stations or transmission towers. Using modern equipment required for maintenance of high capacity transmission lines, so that transmission lines can be operated without disruption to customer service. Monitoring of high power transmission lines by drones. Setting up another State Load Despatch Center (SL DC) at East Kanchanbari at Kumarghat, which will act as a backup to the SLDC at Agartala.

Nath also spoke for the progress of overall power system in Tripura and the state’s efforts to strengthen the implementation of clean and green energy projects with the aim of achieving zero carbon emissions by 2070 as announced by the Government of India.

He said that so far 40 thousand solar street lights, 2500 solar pumps, 3 MW solar rooftops have been installed with twenty megawatt solar power generation in the state. He added that a 130 MW floating solar power plant is being explored at Dambur Reservoir in Tripura’s Gomti district, which has been entrusted to NTPC, an organization under the Government of India.

He also said that installation of storage batteries in Tripura is being explored to store renewable energy from sunlight to meet power demand during peak load hours in the state. He further said that along with the development of Pumped Storage Scheme (PSP) as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Power, Government of India published on 10th April 2023, Pumped Storage Schemes will be developed in the state. He informed that initially five places have been identified in the state for this purpose and NHPC, an agency under the Government of India, has been asked to look into the feasibility of the projects and the company has started work.

He also mentioned that the North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project (NERPSIP) is under the supervision of Power Grid Corporation with the assistance of Government of India and World Bank. He said that the Power Grid Corporation has been asked to expeditiously complete the construction of new transmission lines and substations under this project.

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