India to Start Massive Exploration of Gas in Northeast

India's state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) will start massive exploration work in northeast Indian state Tripura where 40 billion cubic meters of gas reserves were found, Indo-Asian News Service reported Sunday.

The gas will fuel a power plant with a generation capacity of 740 MW, which is under construction at Palatana in south Tripura, said R.K. Marya, ONGC Tripura asset group general manager.

The company began building the plant in October this year.

Besides the exploration work, the ONGC will also lay a 255-km gas grid in Tripura and 640 km of transmission lines linking the power plant to the national power grid in neighboring state Assam.

ONGC has explored 11 of the 19 structures mapped in Tripura since 1972 and found seven gas fields, of which four are in operation.

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