POWER POTENTIAL IN THE NORTH EASTERN REGION

Last Updated : 24/04/2019

In terms of hydro power, the North Eastern Region has the potential of about 58971 MW i.e. almost 40% of the country's total hydro potential. Additionally, the Region also has abundant resource of coal, oil and gas for thermal power generation. In spite of such huge potential the Region ranks lowest in the country in terms of per capita energy consumption. This has been mainly due to inhospitable climatic conditions, remote location and inaccessibility of geographical locations.

However with continual improvement of infrastructure and communication facilities, the North East region stands to become the Power House of India by utilising its surplus power potential especially in the hydel sector.​

HYDRO ELECTRIC POWER :

The NE Region is blessed with huge hydro potential of about 58971MW, out of which 1427 MW (about 2.4%) has so far been harnessed as on February, 2019. Another 2600 MW of hydro power is under construction. The balance of about 93.17% is yet to be exploited. Contribution of NEEPCO in the hydro installed capacity of NER is 925 MW i.e. about 65%.

NATURAL GAS :

151.68 Billion which is capable of generating 7500 MW for 10 years.

COAL :

864.78 Million tones against 186 Billion tones of reserves in the country. With the reserves in the N.E Region, approximately 240 MW/day can be generated for a period of 100 years.