Kolkata: The West Bengal government is exploring the possibility of setting up a gas based power plant in Durgapur, an official said on Wednesday.

"We have not yet decided about the size of the plant, but ideally it should not be less than 100 MW and larger than 300 MW," power department's principal secretary Malay Dey said.

Dey said the government was exploring the opportunity, taking into account the prospects of coal bed methane (CBM) production in the Durgapur-Asansol region, but much of the project's future would depend on the gas pricing.

The government was considering setting up the project adopting the Private-Public Partnership model, he added.

An Essar Energy official said that the principal secretary held a meeting with the company on Tuesday and that it had talks in terms of setting up a 200 MW plant.

For setting up a 200 MW plant, around 5,500 standard cubic metres of gas supply would be required per day, he said.


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