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Energy experts to explore opportunities in NE

Top executives from oil and power companies, including experts from foreign countries, will chart out an energy roadmap for the North East in a two-day session beginning Wednesday.

, ET Bureau|
Nov 10, 2009, 10.38 PM IST
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GUWAHATI: Top executives from oil and power companies, including experts from foreign countries, will chart out an energy roadmap for the North East in a two-day session beginning Wednesday.

The concept of bringing energy companies on one platform was mooted by the Late Governor of Assam SC Mathur. Energy companies operating in the North East have already formed a society called Secone (Synergy for Energy, Challenges And Opportunities in North East).

Dr P.K. Chaudhuri, chairman, SECONE, and adviser to Assam chief minister on petroleum sector, said there are four refineries in Assam. Annually, 7 mt of crude is needed to run these refineries. However, there is a deficit of 2 million tonnes. "We have to import crude to meet the demand."

He added: "ONGC has found some gasfields in Tripura. We will talk on the prospects of bringing oil pipeline to Guwahati and supply domestic gas. A petroleum technology institute is also coming up in the state."

A K Saikia, secretary, Secone, said energy experts from the US, the UK and Canada will also participate.

Mr Chaudhuri said the North East has significant reserves of low ash, high sulphur, tertiary coal that is suitable for direct liquefaction. Abundant rainfall, fertile land and moderate temperature make this area highly suitable for energy plantation. Also the presence of large number algae varieties offers immense potential for production for bio-fuel from algae.

According to Secone, production of large amount of biomass from forests and agricultural products offers the scope of decentralised bio-mass gassification. The energy resource portfolio is further supplemented by uranium discovery in Meghalaya, which raises the potential of nuclear power generation in North East India.

The programme will be attended by Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi and Union minister for new & renewable energy Farooq Abdullah. Energy companies like OIL, ONGC, GAIL (India) Ltd, IOC, Numaligarh Refinery, Bongaigaon Refinery & Petrochemicals, Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) and North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (Neepco) will also participate in the programme.
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