Power Crisis to Hit Islanders again: Administration’s 15 year Contract with SPCL to end on 31st March

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Port Blair, Mar 29: The 15-year contract of M/s SPCL is expiring on 31st March, 2018 due to which there will be power deficit of around 6.5 MW. However, the Electricity department has claimed to initiate numerous short and long term projects for resolving of the power crisis.

“Of the many projects and to offset this shortage, the Electricity Department under the aegis of A&N Administration and under the guidance of the Ministry of Power, GoI have signed an agreement with the NVVN (100% subsidiary of NTPC) for establishment of 5 MW and 10 MW DG Power Plant at Port Blair at the earliest. Of the above two power plants, the work for the commissioning of 05 MW DG Power Plants is going on war footing and is likely to start delivering the power by 2nd/3rd April, 2018. Once this Power Plant is operational it is likely to counter the deficit arrived due to the closure of M/s SPCL,” a release from Electricity Department said here today.

The release added that the tender for 10 MW Power Plant will be opened on 04th April, 2018 and it expected that 50% of the capacity shall be added in the grid by mid-May, 2018. “The residents of the islands are also requested to conserve electricity and regulate consumption by following prudent practice,” the release added.

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