New Delhi: The Power Ministry is unlikely to mention the issue of use of surplus coal from mines allotted to power project even in revised bidding guidelines.
The ministry would soon come out with the changed Standard Bidding Documents (SBDs) for the Ultra Mega Power Projects, to be constructed in the country over a period of time.
"Surplus coal usage is the area of the Coal Ministry and they are formulating guidelines for the same, we have not considered that matter in the SBDs which would come very soon," a Power Ministry official told PTI without divulging the time-frame for the release of the amended documents.
The ministry, which has provisionally finalised the new standard bidding documents, has proposed no change in the present bidding norms for the upcoming imported coal-fired power projects.
The use of surplus coal from the mines allotted to one particular project for another plant has come under the scrutiny of CAG.
Earlier, An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) in a particular case had allowed use of surplus coal in 2008. The issue figured in a CAG report.
In September 2011, the Indonesian government linked their fuel prices to the international market, thereby making it a costlier proposition for the Indian power companies sourcing the fuel from the island nation.
As far as the domestic fuel-based projects are concerned, the ministry has proposed to have separate set of bidding for coal linkage and captive coal projects.
The new documents have proposed that the projects where the location of the plant is not specified the bidding would be done amongst the domestic coal linkage holders who have uncontracted capacities under long term PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) through competitive bidding.
The bidding would be done amongst the captive coal block holders who have uncontracted capacities under long term PPA through competitive bidding.
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Updated Date: Dec 20, 2014 12:29:39 IST