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Adani Power, GUVNL settle row over Mundra project

Our Bureau | | | Updated on: Jan 09, 2022

Adani has agreed to relinquish its right for any compensation that was payable by GUVNL

Adani Power (Mundra) and Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam (GUVNL) have reached an out-of-court settlement pertaining to a dispute over the termination of the power purchase agreement (PPA) between the two parties.

Adani has also agreed to relinquish its right for any compensation – which as per industry estimates is around ₹11,000 crore – that was to be payable by GUVNL.

A joint application filed on behalf of GUVNL and Adani Power (Mundra) before the Supreme Court states that both parties have reached a settlement deed. “In terms of the settlement deed reached between the parties, the respondent No. 1 (Adani Power) has agreed that the termination of the bid two PPA dated February 2, 2007, which was the subject matter of the decision dated July 2, 2019 of the court, shall not be given effect to and the respondent No. 1 duly waives any right to enforce such termination,” the settlement application read.

“The respondent No.1 has further agreed that it shall not claim any compensation in terms of the decision dated July 2, 2019 passed by the court and shall relinquish its right to claim any such compensation in perpetuity,” the application further read.

Both parties have also agreed on the withdrawal of the proceedings pending before the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission. On its part, GUVNL has agreed on the methodology reworked for the payment of energy charges to Adani Power for generation and supply of electricity under the power purchase agreements.

In September 2021, the Supreme Court had asked Adani Power to respond to a curative petition filed by GUVNL against the order passed by the apex court a year earlier that termed the unilateral termination of the PPA by Adani Power as valid and legal.

Compensatory tariff

The court had also ordered the CERC to determine compensatory tariff for the power supplied by Adani Power to the State PSU.

Adani Power (Mundra) had signed a PPA with GUVNL in 2007 to supply 1,000 MW form its project in Korba, Chhattisgarh. But citing no coal supply by the Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation, Adani Power terminated the pact claiming that the supply of electricity was conditional on coal supply. Adani then told the GUVNL that it would instead supply power from its Mundra power plant based in Kutch.

Published on January 09, 2022
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