NTPC asked to import LNG promptly to meet fuel shortage

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Amritsar, Dec 19 (UNI) The sixth Meeting of the Technical Co-ordination Committee of the Northern Regional Power Committee held here today unanimously gave clearance to the National Thermal Power Corporation to immediately import Liquid Natural Gas from international spot market to meet the fuel shortage in its gas power stations.

In the crucial meeting today, the committee deliberated upon measures to meet the peak energy demand of the winter months to maximise power generation within the Northern Region and decided to take steps to improve grid security so that over-drawal of power can be controlled to maintain the grid frequency to a safe level of above 49 HZ.

The Tehnical measures to safeguard the grid security and minimise the possibility of grid collapse were decided by way of introducing automatic load shedding scheme to the extent of 4000 Megawatt.

Two special schemes to protect the northern grid in case of outrage of Major 400 KV lines and Rihard Dari Line were received as these are in the final stage of commissioning by Power Grid Corporation.

With these schemes even if there is an outage of inter regional lines, the northern grid would be safeguarded against collapse.

The meeting was attended by the Director and Technical Members of all the northern States as well as Power Grid Corporations and Central Sector General National Thermal Power Corporation, National Hydro Power Corporation, Nuclear Power Corporation, Tehri and Nathpa Jhakri Power Corporation.

The committee also reviewed the progress of New Generating Projects including representatives of Central Electricity Authority including 500 MW Lehra Stage-2 Dholpur Gas (220 MW), Rajasthan Atomic (440 MW), Baglihar (J and K) 450 MW, Maneri Bhati Hydro (304 MW), Yamunanagar Thermal (600 MW) and Kahargaon NTPC (1000 MW).

Most of these New projects are scheduled to commence generation before the summer of 2008.

The meeting was chaired by Mr S K Mittar, Director Technical Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam and attended by over 70 delegates.

UNI

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