Port Blair, Jan 11: The Electricity Department today claimed that the Administration is taking all possible steps to reduce the load shedding and normalize the power supply as early as possible. In this regard, a meeting was held by Minister of Power, GOI Jan.10, 2018 on the request of Lt. Governor, A&N Islands regarding present power shortage in South Andaman and the Best Energy Mix for these Islands to provide 24 x 7 power supply to all as envisaged by Govt. of India.
The meeting was attended by the Lt. Governor, Chief Secretary and Commissioner-cum-Secretary (Power), wherein Secretary (MOP), Secretary (MNRE) GOI, CMD (NTPC), Chairman (CEA), Managing Director (PLL), Additional Secretary (MHA) along with other officials from Ministry of Power, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, PGCIL, SECI and NLC etc. were also present.
During the meeting, it was decided that NTPC will establish 15 MW Power Plant in South Andaman before 31st March, 2018 as a short term solution to tide over the present power crisis. On long term basis, NTPC will establish 50 MW Gas Based Power Plant in South Andaman and Petronet LNG Ltd. will be constructing the Floating Storage & Re-Gasification Unit (FSRU) for supply of Gas to the 50 MW Power Plant.
In the Renewable Energy sector, the Minister directed NTPC & NLC to go ahead with the Solar Plants project, along with requisite Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to check the intermittencies due to cloud movement. It was also decided that PGCIL shall go ahead to establish Energy Management Centre (EMC) for which funds will be arranged by Ministry of Power.