THE government has allowed NTPC and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) to invite global tenders for sourcing supercritical power equipment worth over Rs 25,000 crore. The bulk tender will be invited with a clause on mandatory domestic manufacturing.
"The Cabinet committee on infrastructure (CCI) approved proposals for the induction of supercritical technology through bulk ordering for 11 units of 660 MW each by NTPC and DVC,” urban development minister S Jaipal Reddy said. CCI is headed by the prime minister. Of the 11 units, nine are for NTPC projects and two for DVC.
The 11 units are to be used in five power projects in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand. The total investment in the projects is estimated at Rs 40,000 crore.
"The most important condition of this approval is the development of phased indigenous manufacturing of supercritical equipment in the country,” Mr Reddy said.
With the approval, the two public sector undertakings (PSUs) can finalise tender formalities and invite quotations from global power equipment makers.
NTPC will now float tenders for procuring the main power equipment based on supercritical technology within next the 45 days, he said. The proposal on bulk tender has already got delayed by several months due to differences between various government arms over technical aspects.
The tender is part of a government initiative to induct the new energy-efficient technology in the country by encouraging companies to set up manufacturing facilities, he said. So far, five companies—Bhel, L&T-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) combine, Alstom-Bharat Forge, Toshiba-JSW and Italian company Ansaldo Caldie—have expressed their interest in participating in the bulk tendering for supercritical equipment. But the government expects participation from even Chinese, Russian and a few East European companies.
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