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India Extends Bidding Dateline For Odisha, Tamil Nadu UMPPs

The last date for submission of request for qualification (RFQ) 4,000-MW each ultra mega power projects (UMPPs) in Odisha and Tamil Nadu are extended by a fortnight to attract more competent players, reports said.

For Bhedabahal project in Odisha and Cheyyur power plant in Tamil Nadu, the last date has been extended up to November 25 and November 28 respectively. Earlier, the last date for RFQ submission was November 11.

RFQ is the first stage of bidding, which is followed by submission of price bids. Each of the mega projects that would cost nearly Rs.24,000 crore are expected to be allotted by February.

So far, companies such as Tata Power, NHPC, NTPC, Sterlite, JSPL and JSW, among others have purchased………Read more: http://www.rttnews.com/2218729/india-extends-bidding-dateline-for-odisha-tamil-nadu-umpps.aspx?type=in&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=sitemap

Cheyyur Fraud Continues with Police Support

23rd October, 2013

Farmers and fisherfolk today organised black flag demonstrations to coincide with a visit by investors interested in the Cheyyur 4000 MW coal-fired power plant in Kanchipuram district. True to form, masses of unemployed policemen were shipped to the sites of the port and the power plant to intimidate people into shutting up and not posing a hurdle to the free flow of capital. Police forcibly removed black flags from the boats. Investors landed up in a convoy of about 18 cars, according to local people who reported from the site. More than 40 boats were parked at the beach that was described as empty to justify acquisition for the port. Irate villagers blocked the convoy, and an argument ensued. After frayed tempers were soothed, the convoy was allowed to proceed to the power plant site, where more than 300 farmers were gathered with their black flags and their slogans. Markers planted by the Revenue Department to delineate the site had been uprooted by protesting farmers. However, the protestors were held at bay by another large mass of unemployed police that were mobilised to intimidate people into shutting up and not posing a hurdle to the free flow of capital. Power Finance Corporation remained consistent and continued to mislead investors. Investors were shown a patch of uncultivated land (less than 10 percent of the total lands to be acquired is uncultivated) and suggested that this was the nature of land for the project, effectively hiding the fact that more than 80 percent of the project site is agricultural.



PRESS RELEASE Cheyyur UMPP too Risky: Activists Warn Bidders

15 October, 2013. New Delhi – A pre-application Conference organised by Power Finance Corporation for potential bidders for the Cheyyur and Odisha 4000 MW UMPPs witnessed numerous questions on the risks associated with the alleged fraud by PFC, its consultants and officials of the Environment Ministry in facilitating clearances for the project. Prospective bidders were warned that the 4000 MW Cheyyur Ultra Mega Power Project was a risky proposition as the clearances for the project were facilitated by fraudulent statements and false evidence. A coalition of social activists handed out a “Dear Prospective Bidder” letter at the sidelines of a Pre-application conference organised by Power Finance Corporation (PFC) at The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi, highlighting the risks in the project. The letter stated that “The 4000 MW Cheyyur UMPP is unlikely to materialise” and that “The entire site selection and impact assessment processes are fatally flawed as they are based on fraudulent statements and incomplete analyses.” The letter also highlighted an October 3, 2013, order of the National Green Tribunal, Chennai, that restrained PFC from finalising any bids for this project pending the outcome of the court cases. In response to a question on the court injunction, PFC assured bidders that the order will not hinder the process in any way.

The letter which sought to make potential bidders “fully conversant” with the risks associated with this project included a report released in Chennai in September 2013 that documented a dozen “chosen” fraudulent statements used by PFC and its consultants in justifying port licensing and environmental clearances for the project.

PFC has claimed that the project is coming up on barren, undeveloped land with minimum agriculture, and denied the presence of ecosensitive features in the project vicinity. Activists said that even official documents belie these claims. Expert Appraisal Committee meeting minutes from the Environment Ministry note that 82 percent of the site area is agricultural land. The port and a coal storage yard will come atop a healthy sand dune, while the coal conveyor belt and a proposed storm water drain will cut across several dune formations. The power plant and ash pond are bound by the Mudaliarkuppam and Alhambrai estuaries to the North and South. These waterbodies are dotted with mangroves and seagrass beds. Mangroves, seagrass, estuaries and sand dunes are all identified as “ecologically sensitive” in the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011. Both estuaries are important feeding grounds for migratory birds, including near threatened species like spot-billed pelicans.

In its application for CRZ clearance, PFC had claimed that there are no scarce resources like “surface water or groundwater” in the vicinity of the project. According to Tamil Nadu Public Works Department, Cheyyur Taluk has 82 lakes (eris) capable of storing 3500 crore litres of water and irrigating more than 16000 acres. In fact, revenue records reveal that more than 100 acres of waterbodies, including tidal-influenced backwaters, will be acquired for the project.

Given the hydrological and biodiversity importance of the project site, several vigilant citizen groups from Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu are already engaged in the task of collecting baseline environmental quality information, with a view to continuously monitoring the environmental quality. “Any potential bidder must also consider the inevitable risk and exposure arising from lawsuits for loss and restoration of ecology,” the letter warned.

The letter was signed by representatives of various organisations including 350.org, India Climate Justice, National Alliance of People’s Movements, All India Forum of Forest Movements, Delhi Solidarity Group, Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha, Beyond Copenhagen Collective and Chennai-based Community Environmental Monitoring.


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Cheyyur power plant bidding put on hold

By Sruthisagar Yamunan | ENS – CHENNAI

Published: 04th October 2013 07:38 AM

Last Updated: 04th October 2013 07:38 AM

The National Green Tribunal has restrained the project proponents of the proposed Cheyyur Ultra Mega Power Project in Kancheepuram off the East Coast Road from finalising bids for the works until further orders.

The coal jetty for the 4,000 MW power project was challenged by two residents of Panaiyur in July this year after an environment clearance was granted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests last November.

A number of alleged anomalies were pointed out by the petitioners, including the fact that separate Environment Impact Assessments (EIA) were conducted for the coal jetty and power project, which would be separated by a 5 kilometre distance………..Read more http://newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Cheyyur-power-plant-bidding-put-on-hold/2013/10/04/article1817904.ece

RFQs issued for Bedabahal and Cheyyur UMPPs

UMPPs to be developed under PPP mode on DBFOT basis

Request for Qualification (RFQ) for two ultra mega power projects (UMPP) proposed in Orissa and Tamil Nadu have been invited, as per the recently approved new standard bidding documents (SBDs). Both the UMPPs will be implemented through public, private, partnership (PPP) route on design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis. The last date for submission of pre qualification bids for both the projects is 11 November 2013. Read more……http://www.cmie.com/kommon/bin/sr.php?kall=wclrdhtm&nvdt=20130926143347880&nvpc=099000000000&nvtype=TIDINGS

Odisha, Tamil Nadu mega power projects: Bidding to start from Sept 25


Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC), the nodal agency for ultra mega power projects (UMPPs), would start inviting bids for 4,000 MW units each in Odisha and Tamil Nadu starting September 25.

“The requests for qualification (RFQs) for these UMPPs are being finalised and PFC will issue the RFQ for the Bhedabahal Project in Odisha on September 25 and for the Cheyyur Project in Tamil Nadu on September 26,” the Government-owned agency said in a statement.

This fresh round of bidding for UMPPs comes after a gap of more than five years. The bidding for the last UMPP in Jharkhand was held in 2007……Read more http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/bidding-to-start-from-sept-25/article5164316.ece


PFC to invite bids for Odisha, TN UMPPs

New Delhi: State-run Power Finance Corp said the initial bids for the ultra mega power projects in Odisha and Tamil Nadu will be invited this week. “The RFQs (Request for Qualifications) for these UMPPs are being finalised and will be issued on September 25 for the Bedabahal project in Odisha and on September 26 for Cheyyur project in Tamil Nadu,” PFC said in a statement. PFC is the nodal agency for UMPPs.

An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGOM) headed by Defence Minister A K Antony, last month, cleared the proposal of tweaking the standard bidding documents for implementing the new Case-II thermal power plants including the 4,000 MW UMPPs……..Read more http://freepressjournal.in/pfc-to-invite-bids-for-odisha-tn-umpps/