Anger at NEEPCO over ONGC gas supply delay

Vol 18, PW 9 (18 Dec 14) Midstream & Downstream

Constant delays by ONGC in providing 500,000 cm/d of gas to the 101-MW Monarchak power station in Tripura are beginning to irritate state-owned power producer North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO).

ONGC’s latest promise is that it will begin supplying gas from mid-January 2015. But NEEPCO chairman and managing director PC Pankaj cannot understand why it is taking so long.

“Our gas turbines are ready since September 2013 and almost all our vendors and contractors (who have been waiting to commission the project) have demobilised,” he tells PETROWATCH. ONGC has to lay a 10 -km pipeline from the Khedabari gas gathering station to deliver gas to Monarchak.

“The pipeline is ready but for a 100-metre stretch across a river,” adds Pankaj. “ONGC’s contractor left work incomplete.

” Pankaj finds it baffling that ONGC executes massive, complex projects but is struggling to complete this tiny and “very basic” project. He hopes ONGC’s new contractor will complete the river crossing and other long-pending work at the power station.

“I hear ONGC has begun civil construction work (for the gas receiving and metering equipment to be installed at the power station),” says Pankaj. “Our team had a meeting last week with ONGC’s Tripura asset manager.

They said they will start gas supply from January 15. If that happens we can commission Monarchak in February.