Fuel supply agreements (FSAs) between private players and coal companies,lying pending for more than two-and-a-half years have been finally signed. Authorities said,quantities of coal to be allocated was the main reason behind the delay of FSAs for Talwandi Sabo and Rajpura Thermal plants.
These plants are likely to be operational by 2013 end and will generate about 825 lakh units (LUs) power in total. KD Chaudhari,CMD of Punjab State power corporation limited (PSPCL) confirming that FSAs have been signed said,the additional power will make Punjab power surplus and will reduce the use of generators. Both plants have been constructed under Build,own and operate (BOO) agreement and will be run by private players.
Chaudhary said,During summers we fall short of about 200 LUs and now we will be generating more than 800 LUs. The extra power will be sold outside as the private thermal plants will be giving 100 per cent power to PSPCL as per the agreement.
Talwandi Sabo Thermal plant will generate about 483 LUs and the project cost is about Rs 11,000 crore; while Rajpura thermal plant will generate 342 LUs and its project cost is about Rs 8,000 crore. Rajpura plant will be operational in December 2013,revealed PSPCL,though it was slated to be operational in February. Sources revealed that PSPCL is planning to get the plant inaugurated by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on December 8 on his Birthday. Talwandi Sabo power plant will be operational in November,claim PSPCL. This plant,however,has missed few deadlines in the past. Its official deadline was August 2012.
FSA between Talwandi Sabo Power Limited Sterlite Energy Limited which is subsidiary of Sterlite Energy Limited and is developing Talwandi Sabo Thermal Power Plant was signed with Mahanadi Coal Fields Limited (MCL). Nabha Power Limited which is subsidiary of L&T Power Development Limited and is developing Rajpura Thermal Power Plant has signed FSA with South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL),said the CMD. Talwandi plant will get 7.72 million tons per annum (MTPA) coal while Rajpura plant will get 5.5 MTPA coal as per the agreement. Coal supplies to Talwandi Sabo will come from Orrisa while to Rajpura,it will come from Bilaspur.