Kolkata-headquartered SPS Shipping Ltd has initiated talks with NTPC for river transportation of 3 million tonnes of coal. The cargo would be transported from Sandheads (mouth of the Hooghly river) along Inland Waterways 1 to NTPC’s Barh-II plant in Patna district of Bihar.

The two 660 MW units of Barh-II thermal power station of NTPC in Bihar are expected to be operational in the second half of this year. Inland Waterways Authority of India has been given the responsibility by NTPC to ensure transportation of imported coal to its plants.

IWAI has invited bids (expression of interests) for transportation for the to the Bar-II project.

“We have commenced dialogues with NTPC in this regard. We are looking forward to bag the contract,” Capt Ravi Dey, managing director, SPS Shipping, told reporters after a press conference to announce its tie-up with Doehle Danautic India Pvt Ltd.

According to Dey, if the company gets the contract, it will have to build a trans-loading facility at the sandhead, acquire barges, and build a jetty for offloading the coal.

“We have also started working on detailed study on the project,” Dey said.

Reportedly, Jindal ITF — a fully owned subsidiary of Jindal Saw — has bagged a contract for transportation 3-8 mt imported coal through inland waterway to NTPC’s Farakka plants.

ayan.pramanik@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on February 7, 2013)
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