Sunday, September 16, 2007

People reject EIA for steel project in Chhattisgarh

(Down to earth)

in an unusual incident, Monnet Ispat and Energy Ltd’s public hearing in Raigarh was called off because “the company was unable to adequately answer issues raised by the public”. The company’s plans to expand its iron and steel plant in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, has further run into trouble with allegations of irregularities in environmental impact assessment (eia) report. New Delhi-based Monnet runs a 0.3 million tonnes (mt) per annum integrated iron and steel plant in Raigarh.

It wants to increase the plant’s capacity to 1.7 mt per annum. ........

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Friday, September 7, 2007


Wednesday, September 05, 2007; 17:58 IST

According to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), they are purchasing power from other States through power traders at higher rate.

NTPC proposes to set up the Mauda Thermal Power Project (2x500 MW) in Mauda Tehshil of Nagpur District, Maharashtra. Action has been initiated for obtaining necessary clearances including from the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) and acquisition of land. Public hearing for NOC from SPCB (Maharashtra) has been held on 18th June, 2007. Action has also been initiated for obtaining Environmental clearance from Ministry of Environment & Forests. The project is expected to be commissioned during the 11th Plan period.

Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd. (MSGPCL) proposes to add 3,675 MW by way of new capacity addition and replacement of existing units which have completed more than 30 years of operation. MSGPCL is in the process of tying up of basic inputs and obtaining statutory clearances required for these projects.

According to the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd., power traders have sourced power for Maharashtra mainly from West Bengal, Orissa, Sikkim, Kerala, at higher rate.

This information was given by the Union Power Minister Shri Sushilkumar Shinde in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.


Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Standalone SEZs for power ?

Standalone SEZs for power on the cards

Deepak Joshi, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, September 05, 2007

The government is taking a fresh look at the issue of standalone special economic zones (SEZs) for power generation projects. The move follows concerns regarding the utilisation of SEZ-generated power in the non-processing areas and domestic tariff area (DTA). A power ministry official admitted that though the Electricity Act provides for power generation for captive purposes on individual or collective basis, the concept of standalone power SEZs needs examination.

A key issue calling for policy intervention is the creation of a level-playing field for National Thermal Power Corporation and other power plants servicing the domestic tariff areas. “A formula needs to be worked out for payment of duty on such supplies outside the SEZ processing area,” the official said.

The issue gains significance, as it is the responsibility of the developer to provide power as an infrastructure facility. The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation decided that instead of setting up individual power generation facility in each SEZ, they would set up two power sector SEZs to supply power to all such zones. Other two sector-specific SEZs in Gujarat were allowed, as the location proposed was not contiguous to the main SEZ.

SEZ developers get exemption on building material, capital goods and operation and maintenance of goods and services. In such a scenario, it is pointed out that the size of the power plant should be linked to the SEZ requirements.

To overcome these issues, the power ministry has proposed three possible alternatives. The units in the SEZ could create a captive power plant on contributory basis and use the power generated. This would not require any distribution licence or fixation of tariff. Alternatively, a cooperative society of users could develop the power plant. Or the SEZ developer could take the distribution licence and get the tariff fixed from the regulator.
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Monday, September 3, 2007

Mahagenco requests coal supply - PIB press release

PIB press release
Wednesday, August 29, 2007; Ministry of Coal

18:10 IST

Lok Sabha

Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco) have requested supply of coal on tapering basis for their future expansion projects till their coal blocks come into production. These expansion projects include Bhusawal-3, Parli-3, Paras-3, Koradi-1 (Replacement), Chandrapur-1 and Koradi-2. The request of Mahagenco was considered by the Standing Linkage Committee (Long-term) on Power in its meeting held on 2.8.2007 which approved grant of Letter of Assurance (LOA) to Mahagenco on “tapering basis” to the tune of maximum quantity of 2 million tonnes per annum, keeping in view actual requirement/shortfall from captive mines of Mahagenco. However, the commercial arrangements in this regard would be worked out between the consumer and CIL/specifically linked company for supply of coal on short term tapering basis. In addition, Mahagenco has also been granted LOA to the tune of about 10 million tones during 2006 for their power projects.

The request from the Government of Maharashtra was for supply of coal from Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) area. The Committee has approved LOA to Mahagenco on “tapering basis” on “cost plus basis” from Coal India Limited/specifically linked company, to the tune of maximum quantity of 2 million tones per annum keeping in view actual requirement/shortfall from the captive mines of Mahagenco.

The above information was given by Dr. Dasari Narayana Rao, Minister of State for Coal in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.


Six bidders in fray for Dhopave project

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 2:13:00 AM
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Six bidders in fray for Dhopave project

Promit Mukherjee

Final list expected by this month-end

MUMBAI: Six of the eleven bidders, including Reliance Energy and Tata Power, who had evinced interest in the imported coal-based Dhopave coastal power plant, are now left in the fray.

Though a formal approval in this regard is yet to come from Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd (MahaGenco), sources said apart from Reliance Energy and Tata, the other companies in the shortlist were GMR Energy, Torrent Power, Lanco Infratech and Jindal Power. A final list, however, is expected by the end of August.

MahaGenco has planned two mega power projects in the state under its Phase II of capacity augmentation plan, through which it is aiming to achieve an additional generation capacity of close to 6,000 MW by 2012. The two mega projects are the 1,040 MW of gas-based Uran expansion project and the 1,600 MW Dhopave Coastal Power project. The Uran project will be kicked off only once the gas issue is resolved.

For the Dhopave project, the state generation utility had invited bids from national and international power players in May, 2007. It had also formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV), Dhopave Coastal Power Company Ltd, for the implementation of the project.

The 1,600 MW imported Dhopave imported coal-based thermal power station would be located in Ratnagiri district in Konkan region. The project is strategically located, with a proximity to the petrochemical and the fertilizer industry. Since it is located near the coast, importing coal will also be easier and cheaper.

Due to these conducive factors, several power players have spotted its potential. It is barely 2 kms away from the Ratnagiri Gas and Power Private Ltd’s Dhabol Power Plant. The project will be having two units of 800 MW each and will be fuelled by highly efficient imported coal. “It will be upon the discretion of the selected company to decide whether to use super critical or sub critical technology,” the source said. Depending on the technology used, the cost for setting up of the project would be between Rs 6,500 cr to Rs 8,000 cr.

It would be commissioned before the end of 2012. It will be spread over an area of 500 hectares (ha) out of which the power station will occupy close to 230 ha. The final player would be chosen on the basis of tariff-based competitive bidding. It might take another 10 months to announce the winner. The selected company would be developing the project on build, own and operate basis from whom MahaGenco would be purchasing power for the procurer. The procurer in this case is the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MahaVitaran).

The eleven companies who had bid for the project were Tata Power Company, Reliance Energy, Torrent Power, Jindal Power, Essar Power, Lanco Infratech, AES, China Light and Power, Adani Group, GMR and GSPC.

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