Diesel & Heavy Fuel based Power Generation

The Power Department has given top priority to the Generation Schemes to make up the peak demand shortfalls. As a policy matter the Department has taken up many generation schemes under short-term and long-term measures.

Hydro Generation   :

The hydro potential of Manipur, assessed at 60% Load Factor by the Department, is 1350 MW. However it could not be harnessed fully due to paucity of fund. For details of proposed Hydro power projects and its development Click here

Diesel / Heavy Fuel Generation   :

As hydel projects take a long time to construct it became imperative that the department take up Diesel/ Heavy Fuel based power project as a short term measure to meet the power demands of the state.

The State has many Diesel Generating Stations of various capacities and make located at strategic locations throughout the state. These power house are run only when there is a Grid failure and during the lean season when Hydel generation in the NE Region are drastically reduced due to shortage of water in the reservoirs.

Besides and above the small Diesel Generating Set the state also has a Heavy Fuel Based Power Plant (6x6 MW) at Leimakhong. It was commissioned and dedicated to the people of Manipur by His Excellency the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on 5th of October, 2002. This Power House is only operated during the Peak Hours as standby. The installed capacity of this project could not be utilized fully due to non-availability of transmission line for evacuation of the power. The line could not be constructed due to shortage of State Plan fund. But, taken up under NLCPR (Central assistance).

The various Diesel and Heavy Fuel based Power houses with their installed capacities and their respective locations are tabulated below :  

Diesel/Heavy Fuel based Power Houses in the state.

Sl. No.

Name of Power House

Capacity (MW)





In operation as standby


J. N. Hospital


In operation as standby




In operation as standby


Governor’s  Bungalow


In operation as standby


 Khuman Lampak


In operation as standby


 Chief Minister’s Bungalow


In operation as standby


Heavy Fuel Based Power
Plant (6x6 MW) at Leimakhong


In operation as standby