Korean power equipment supplier Doosan has won NTPC’s R10,000 crore-contract for the bulk supply of 800 mw supercritical boilers, beating competition from domestic players like L&T, Bhel, BGR Energy and Thermax.Price bids for the project were opened on Wednesday. Bhel has emerged as the second lowest bidder for the project, sources said. Price bids for the supply of turbines are due to open on Thursday.
The Korean company did not participate in NTPC’s tendering for the bulk of supply of 660 mw boilers earlier. But later it changed its mind and decided to bid for NTPC’s contract for 800 mw equipment.
It is setting up power equipment manufacturing facility in India with 100% foreign direct investment. NTPC plans to buy nine units of 800 mw supercritical units for its 12th Plan projects envisaged at places like Lara in Chhattisgarh, Darllipalli and Gajmara in Orissa and Kudgi in Karnataka.Kudgi is envisaged to have three units of 800 mw while the rest will have two units each. While equipment cost for these projects is estimated at R18,000 crore, expenditure of another R22,000 crore or so be will be required for undertaking implementation of civil construction, balance of plant (BoP) package works. It takes 48-52 months to commission one unit of 800 mw superciriticl unit. As per the terms of the tender document, Doosan and Bhel will share orders for NTPC’s projects. While Doosan will get orders for the supply of five boilers, the balance will go to Bhel.
The outcome is a setback for L&T, which was knocked out of the NTPC’s tendering for the bulk supply of 660 mw supercritical units. While it was able to participate in the re-tendering held by NTPC for the supply of boilers, the bidding is stalled due to a legal case filed by disqualified bidder Ansaldo. Bhel also emerged as the second lowest bidder for the NTPC’s contract for the bulk supply of 660 mw turbines.