State power giant NTPC has launched tenders to procure imported 4.53 million
The NTPC tender for importing coal is gaining importance given the ongoing shortage of dry fuel in power plants.
Earlier this month, the Department of Energy had ordered all states and gencos (electricity generation companies) to import at least 10 percent of their coal needs for blending in thermal power plants during shortages.
The tender documents showed that on May 7, 2022, NTPC issued three separate tenders for the procurement of 4.53 MT – 1.5 MT, 1.6 MT and 1.43 MT – of imported coal. The company submitted bids to purchase 4.93 MT of imported coal last month. Due to continued shortages, it has been tasked with procuring 20 tons of imported coal to mix with the domestic dry fuel in its thermal power plants in 2022-23.
The NTPC has submitted bids to procure 1.43 MT of imported coal on a FOR (Freight On-Road) power plant basis for NTPC plants at Vindhyachal, Rihand, Singrauli, Khagone, Dadri, Tanda and Unchahar.
Bids are also solicited for the procurement of 1.60t of imported coal on a power plant basis for NTPC plants at Talcher Kaniha, Farakka, Kahalgaon, Barh, Barauni, Bongaigaon, Simhadri and Ramagundam.
Bids have been solicited for the procurement of 1.50t of imported coal to supply the dry fuel to thermal power plants at Kudgi, Solapur, Sipat, Mouda, Gadarwara, Lara and Korba power plants.
The successful bidder will supply the imported thermal coal sourced from identified mines as stated by the Company to NTPC power plants. The bidder also arranges ships, stevedoring, transhipment, storage, port handling, railway raking, loading, transport and delivery to the power stations.
All other activities, including customs clearance and forwarding of the shipments such as customs clearance, coordination with ports, railways and any authorities are also part of the successful bidder’s scope of services.
All liaison, coordination with coal mines outside India, coordination at port of loading, port of discharge, rail dispatch agents, etc. will also be handled by the winning bidder, according to the tender document.
With 23 coal-fired power plants, NTPC is the largest thermal power plant in the country. The company has a coal-based installed capacity of 48,120 MW, according to its official portal.
Its joint ventures and subsidiaries together operate nine plants with a capacity of 8,754 MW.