ONGC plans to set up India's first geothermal power plant in Ladakh

Puga and Chumathang are said to the most promising geothermal fields in eastern Ladakh.

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On Monday, the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) announced that they are planning to set up India's maiden 'Geothermal Field Development Project' in Ladakh. The plan proposes to use the heat generated by the earth’s core to generate reliable energy.

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In an official statement, ONGC said, “A memorandum of understanding to formalise this has been inked by ONGC Energy Centre (OEC) with the Union Territory of Ladakh and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh on February 6. This project of ONGC will put India on Geothermal Power map of the world".

ONGC has planned the development in three phases. In the first phase, the company will drill up to 500 meters to trap the steam and hot sulphur water for running a power plant with a capacity of one megawatt. In the second phase, further drilling will be done to explore the potential of the thermal reservoir. In the third and final phase, a commercial-scale power plant will be established.    

“Geothermal resource development can revolutionise farming in Ladakh, which is now totally dependent for supply of fresh vegetables, fruits from outside the UT round the year. Further, direct heat energy applications make it most relevant to Ladakh", the release further read. Puga and Chumathang are said to the most promising geothermal fields in eastern Ladakh. India has seven geothermal regions and a number of geothermal springs.



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