In what should provide some impetus to the country's capacity addition program, NTPC has finally issued Letters of Intent (LoI) for the turbine generator (TG) packages of its Solapur STPP, Mauda-II TPP and Meja TPP to Alstom-Bharat Forge JV, BHEL and Toshiba, respectively, as the penultimate step of the long-delayed bulk tendering of 11 660 MW supercritical units. The LoI for the Nabinagar TPP will be issued after land availability is confirmed. Pertinently, both, the steam generator (SG) and TG packages are expected to be awarded out by the month end.
- Readers will recall that the Ministry of Power (MoP) had recently censured NTPC for the inordinate delay in the award of packages. These awards, were originally scheduled to be wrapped up by July 2010.
- The power major's inability to stick to schedule has been caused by the need to retender the SG package, due to a technical glitch in Larsen & Toubro's offer.
- NTPC's 2x660 MW Tanda extension and Solapur power projects; the 3x660 MW New Nabinagar, through a joint venture (JV) between NTPC and Bihar State Electricity Board; 2x660 MW Meja project, being executed by a JV of NTPC and Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam; and DVC`s 2x660 MW Phase-II of the Raghunathpur project will be executed through the bulk award.