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May 1, 2014 Last Updated at 15:56 IST
The Power Ministry is evaluating a site in Bihar for setting up a 4,000 MW ultra mega power project and has approached the Coal Ministry for allocation of a nearest coal block for the thermal plant.
“We are considering a site in Bihar to set up a 4,000 MW UMPP. Land has been identified, water is available and we have even written to the Ministry of Coal on allocating a nearest coal block,” a Power Ministry official told PTI without divulging the name of the location.
However, according to sources, the proposed plant is likely to be fed coal from a mine either in Jharkhand or Odisha.
NEW DELHI: Power Finance Corporation that invited bids for two ultra mega power projects (UMPP) short listed all nine applicants for Odisha and eight for Cheyyur after VK Shunglu chaired apex evaluation committees evaluated applications for pre-qualification round. For Odisha UMPP, NTPC, Tata Power, NHPC, Adani Power, JSW Energy, Jindal Power, Sterlite Infraventures, CLP India and Larsen & Toubro had submitted their applications in response to the request for qualification. For Cheyyur UMPP, eight companies namely Adani Power, CLP India, GMR Energy, Jindal Power, JSW Energy, L&T, NTPC and Sterlite Infraventures had submitted their applications.
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.
Even before the Land Acquisition Bill receives Presidential assent and became an act, farmers in Cheyyur have demanded compensation as per rates fixed in the legislation for their farmlands sought to be acquired by a subsidiary of Power Finance Corporation (PFC) for a power plant.
The farmers accused the Coastal Tamil Nadu Power Limited (CTPL), floated by PFC for implementing the 4000 MW Cheyyur Ultra Mega Power Project, of attempting to rush through the land acquisition process to avoid paying higher rate that would come into being once the Act was notified.
The CTPL is acquiring land in Cheyyur and surrounding hamlets of Chitharkadu, Vedal and Gangadevan Kuppam in the district for the project.