Power

The Government is committed to ensure uninterrupted quality power supply by way of dedicated feeders from Grid Substation of Power distribution companies to all the Industrial Estates/Parks. Private Industrial Estates will be allowed to install Captive Power Plant to generate and distribute within such Industrial Estates/ Parks subject to provision of the Electricity Act, 2003 and rules there under. At the same time the State would encourage Private Power Generators to set up Power Plants. Assam is poised to have surplus quality power in the near future through the National Power Grid which is in advanced stage of implementation. Power sector in Assam has received the assistance from Asian Development Bank. Investment has been made in the sub-transmission and distribution sector. Power supply to Assam is ensured from Central Generating Stations owned by Corporations under the Government of India.

To augment generating capacity in the State, Government has taken a series of projects both in private and public sector.

NTPC is setting up a 750MW coal based Thermal Power Station at Bongaigaon.
Revival and System conversion with enhanced capacity of Chandrapur Power Station for meeting Guwahati’s need as base load station.
The State to get allocation of about 350MW of power from the proposed 750MW gas based power station in Tripura.
Orders for 100MW Namrup Replacement Power Plant are to be issued.
A 37.5MW Waste Heat Recovery Unit at Lakwa is at advanced stage of implementation.
150 MW Lower Kopili Hydel Power Project in joint venture.
250 MW coal based Thermal Project in joint venture in Cachar.
250 MW coal based Thermal Project in joint venture in Margherita.
200 MW Gas based Project at Amguri.
1000 MW Coal based Thermal Project from captive mining block in Orissa.
Assorted small hydro and biomass based power project up to 500 MW.

Projections indicate that over 1500MW of new generation capacity would be required in Assam in the next seven years. Corresponding investment in R & D and reduction of power costs are already underway. With the large demand-supply gap, opportunities present themselves in power generation from hydro, coal, natural gas based and alternative energy, transmission network ventures and distribution.
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