Port Blair, Oct 26: The Govt. of India has decided to setup a 50 MW LNG based Power Plant at Port Blair to meet the base load of power in the Islands. LNG is a clean source of energy with reduced carbon emission and will phase out diesel completely from Port Blair for power generation. The Minister of State (IC) for Power and New and Renewable energy has entrusted the job of setting up the LNG based Power Plant to NTPC and has exempted selection of NTPC on nomination basis.
Accordingly, a Power Purchase Agreement was signed between A&N Administration and NTPC today. This plant will be commissioned within 24 months from the date of award of work to the successful bidder by NTPC and will meet the base load of the power demand of the Islands for a period of 25 years. The cost of power to be paid by the Andaman and Nicobar Administration for this project will be as decided by the CERC.
This will be the first FSRU (Floating Storage Re-gasification Unit) based power plant and the first LNG power plant on the eastern coast of India.