Haryana to buy power from plants in Orissa, Gujarat

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Chandigarh, Jul 14 (UNI) In a significant step, the Haryana government has tied up with power plants based in Orissa and Gujarat to purchase 2000 MW of power required to meet the shortfall of 4000-5000 MW likely to be faced by the state by 2012.

Announcing this after a cabinet meeting here, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that finalisation of the tariff for specific power generation plants located in Orissa and Gujarat was taken through the process of transparent competitive bidding.

The entire process including the Request for qualification (RFQ) and the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents was duly approved by the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC), as envisaged under the Guidelines for Procurement of Power, 2005 and the National Tariff Policy, 2006.

The Chief Minister also informed that the levelised tariff for the lowest bidders was comparable to the best rates contracted by the other states in India.

He announced that the Thermal Plants being established at Dhenkanal (Orissa), Kamalanga (Orissa) and Mundra (Gujarat) by Lanco, GMR (through PTC) and Adani would supply power to Haryana for a period of 25 years beginning from 2012 at a levelised tariff ranging from Rs 2.355 to Rs 2.940 per unit.

He said the process could offer 113 MW of additional power as well, subject to the approval of HERC. He said the availability of power from some of these sources would commence by 40th month and the remaining by the 54th month from the date of issue of Letter of Intent (LoI) by Haryana Power Generation Corporation Ltd (HPGCL).

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