Leh, November 15
A 500 KV geothermal pilot project at Puga hot water springs in Leh district of the Ladakh Union Territory would come up by November end next year.
Nawang Thinless Lonpo, coordinator of the project said Puga hot water springs alone has a potential of generating 80 MW of geothermal energy.
He added that engineers from the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation comprising Peeyush Kumar, Uday Shankar and Ahsan Absar ex-Director, Geological Survey of India, visited Puga hot water springs on Thursday.
The team met and discussed the proposed plan with Lieutenant-Governor RK Mathur and Adviser Umang Narula.
The engineers also held a meeting with Gyal P Wangyal, chief executive councillor, LAHDC, and discussed about exploration of geothermal energy from Puga Changthang. The engineers apprised Wangyal that the Government of India has asked the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation to harness geothermal energy from Puga and other potential areas in the Union Territory
Wangyal said Puga geothermal energy project has an immense potential and it would be a game changer for the Union Territory of Ladakh in the long run.
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