Final bids for Odisha UMPP only after Attorney General’s opinion: Power Ministry

 The final round of bidding for 4,000-MW Odisha UMPP would start only after the Power Ministry receives Attorney General’s (AG’s) opinion on the diversion of excess coal from the Sasan project to other plants.

A clause on this issue needs to be incorporated in the bid document.

“We are waiting for Attorney General’s opinion on diversion of coal issue….only after that the RFP (Request for Proposal) for the Odisha UMPP (ultra-mega power project) can be expected,” a Power Ministry official told reporters.

He said the amended Standard Bidding Documents (SBD) for the UMPPs would also have the clause of diversion of coal.

“The surplus coal diversion clause would also be put in and the approval from the EGOM (Empowered Group of Ministers) would be sought, then the final bids would be called not before that,” he said, but declined to give any timeline.

In a meeting of the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGOM) in December, it was decided that the Power Ministry would seek AG’s opinion on whether the surplus coal from the mines allotted for Sasan project could be used for other projects of the same company.

The Ministry has received the comments from all the stakeholders for carrying out amendments to the SBDs of the UMPPs and it is in the final stage of drafting the new guidelines.

Power Finance Corporation, the nodal agency for UMPPs in the country, has so far allotted four such projects — Sasan (Madhya Pradesh), Krishnapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and Tilaiya (Jharkhand) to Reliance Power and Mundra (Gujarat) to Tata Power.

As many as 20 companies, including Tata Power, Essar, Adani Group, have qualified in the first round of bidding for the Odisha UMPP.

The RFQ or the Request for Qualification for this UMPP opened in July last year.

L&T, JSW Energy, Nalco, Welspun Energy, AES India, Torrent Power, Jindal Power, GVK Energy Ventures, Lanco Hydro Power Ventures, GMR Energy, Senator Energy, Jaiprakash Power Ventures, Gujarat Paguthan Energy Corporation, CESC, Jindal Power, Sterlite Energy, and Aditya Birla Power Venture also submitted their bids and cleared the first round.

Source: ET

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