Kohima, 25 August (MTNews): On Friday, the government of Nagaland entered into a Power Purchase Agreement with Hutah Industries at Hotel Japfü, Kohima. The agreement facilitates the procurement of power from a 10-megawatt biomass power plant located at AK Industrial Village in Ganeshnagar, Nagaland. The plant is set to be developed by Hutah Industries under the independent power producer mode.
Addressing the signing ceremony, KG Kenye, the Minister of Power and Parliamentary Affairs, underscored the necessity of power generation within the state. This initiative aims to cater to the state’s energy demands, promote industrial activities, and curtail the need for imports. Acknowledging that the project will utilize bamboo as a fuel source, the Minister proposed exploring collaboration with the Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency.
Aditya Pandit, the Chief Executive Officer of Hutah Industries, mentioned that the plant’s raw materials will be cultivated within the designated project area, with 1500 acres of land already secured through leasing for 25 years. Pandit assured that the project is slated for completion within a span of 24 months.
In his brief address, Power Department Engineer-in-Chief Moa Aier stated that several PPAs were earlier signed but “unfortunately the IPPs were not showing progress in the field”. He expressed hope that the PPA with Hutah Industries should be a trendsetter for a new beginning.