GOVT SAYS NOT TO HAVE POWER GENERATION PLANT IN GOA AT PRESENT

PANJIM: Stating that presently the government does not propose to set up any power generation plant in the state, the Power Minister, Mr Aleixo Sequeira in a written reply to the House informed that the government is however, desirous to make available infrastructure to achieve competitive advantage in the power, fertilizer, transport and domestic sectors through utilisation of efficient fuel such as gas, keeping in view its environmental advantages in terms of reduced carbon dioxide emissions.
“Meanwhile, the survey for laying the pipeline through Goa has been completed by the Gas Authority of India Limited,” he added.
It was also informed that the government has executed power purchase agreements with a number of parties, with these parties generating power in Goa. “The said parties are Reliance Salgaocar Power Company renamed as Reliance Infrastructure Ltd for supply of power from its 48 MW Naptha based power plant, PTC India Ltd for the purchase of power generated by Goa Energy Pvt Ltd from its 30 MW Waste Heat Recovery Power Plant adjacent to Sesa plant at Amona village, Bicholim, and Goa Sponge Pvt Ltd for the purchase of power from its captive power plant of 12 MW capacity at Santona village, in Sanguem taluka,” he added.
The Power Minister also informed that there is no agreement on purchase with these units for their expansion or new set up. “We are presently exploring the possibility of generating power by gas,” the reply maintained.

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