Assam set to carry out second phase of power sector reforms.

Pradyut BordoloiGuwahati: Assam is set to carry out the second phase of power sector reforms, which is likely to see foremost initiatives to increase generation and greater efforts for privatisation.

Minister for Power, Commerce and Industries Pradyut Bordoloi said that “In 2005 we started the first phase of reforms which saw restructuring of the then power behemoth Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB). Now we are poised to undertake the second phase of the reforms where focus would on increasing generation and improving transmission and distribution.”

According to state government facts, Assam has a peak demand of 720 MW-780 MW. Of this only 130 MW-150 MW of power is being produces from its own power stations, whereas another about 400 MW is being imported from central sector generating stations in the North Eastern region and enduring from other sources like private producers and power trading agencies.

There is a deficit of concerning 100-150 MW during peak demand. Bordoloi said that the state is likely to get another 360 MW in months to come.

He said that “The first phase of Bongaigaon Thermal Power Project is expected to be completed by early 2013 and this will generate 240 MW. Besides, we will receive 120 MW from the Palatana project in Tripura where we have a stake.”

Bordoloi also said that Assam is also trying to secure electricity from confined power plants operated by different institutions and the Digboi Oil Refinery has already decided to supply six MW.

The minister added that work on 4 large projects, comprising a 100 MW one at Namrup, and 10 small projects are started.

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