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NTPC Seeks 1.7 Million Tons of Imported Coal for Four Plants

July 23, 2012

NTPC Ltd. (NTPC), India’s largest electricity generator, is seeking to import 1.7 million metric tons of steam coal for four units, according to tender notices.

The company plans to buy 1.1 million tons of coal for the Talcher Thermal and Talcher Kaniha plants in the eastern state of Odisha and 600,000 tons for the Korba and Sipat units in Chhattisgarh.

NTPC is seeking coal of gross calorific value of 5,300 kilocalories a kilogram, sulfur and ash content of 0.8 percent and 10 percent, respectively, and total moisture of 16 percent.

The tender documents will be sold till Aug. 2 and the last date for receiving bids is Aug. 10, according to the notices on the company’s website. NTPC’s Talcher plants have a combined generation capacity of 3,460 megawatts, while the Korba and Sipat plants generate 2,600 megawatts and 2,980 megawatts, respectively.

The state-owned company cut its capacity addition target for the five years ending March 2017 by 42 percent to 14,500 megawatts because of coal shortages, Chairman Arup Roy Choudhury said on June 13. NTPC last month scrapped a tender for the import of 5 million tons coal in favor of issuing multiple bids for smaller quantities, the Economic Times reported on June 21.

NTPC has an installed generation capacity of 39,174 megawatts, according to its website.

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