The standard bidding documents for case-II auctioning of power plants are ready and have been submitted to an Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM), said Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Minister of Power (Independent Charge).

In case-II type of bidding, a captive coal block is packaged along with the thermal station for sourcing fuel. “We are waiting for a date from EGoM to clear it,’’ Scindia said while addressing a CII conference on Tuesday. The release of latest bidding documents would facilitate awarding of 4,000 MW each ultra mega power projects in Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh. The Minister admitted that there is 10 per cent shortage in domestic coal supply at the moment. At the same time, Scindia expects public sector power producer NTPC to sign fuel contracts with Coal India by the “end of next month’’.

NTPC is at loggerhead with Coal India over clauses mentioned in the draft fuel supply agreement. “Hope all FSAs to facilitate 60,000 MW of capacity are signed within three months,’’ he said.

(This article was published on February 12, 2013)
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