POWER POTENTIAL IN THE NORTH EASTERN REGION

Last Updated : 04/08/2020

In terms of hydro power, the North Eastern Region has the potential of about 58,971 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 is mainly due to inhospitable climatic conditions, remote location and inaccessibility of geographical locations etc. ultimately leading to lesser industrialisation.

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 58,971MW, out of which 1,727 MW (about 2.92%) has so far been harnessed as on 1st July, 2020. Additional 2300 MW of hydro power are under construction. The balance of about 93.17% is yet to be exploited. Contribution of NEEPCO in the hydro installed capacity of NER is 1,225 MW i.e. about 70.93%.

NATURAL GAS :

195.68 BCM against 1380.63 BCM of reserves in the country.

COAL :

1,630 Million tonnes against National reserve of 326.49 Billion tones.