NTPC opens tender for clean fuel suppliers to major TTP

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February 12 (Renewables Now) - Indian power major NTPC Ltd (BOM:532555) is seeking bids for the procurement of 1,000 tonnes of pellets daily for its 2,650-MW Dadri thermal power plant (TPP) in Uttar Pradesh.

The tender is for 500 tonnes per day of pellets from agro residue and 500 tonnes daily of pellets or briquettes, derived from torrefied agro residue, NTPC said on Thursday. The term of deliveries will be two years. 

Winners in the tender will be entitled to supply the fuel from September 2018.

NTPC has set a ceiling price of INR 5,500 (USD 85.5/EUR 69.7) per tonne for agro residue-based pellets and INR 6,600 per tonne of torrefied agro residue pellets. The competitive process is open to all bidders, regardless of prior experience.

The Dadri complex in India’s National Capital Region consists of a coal-fired thermal power plant and a gas facility with capacities of 1,820 MW and 817 MW, respectively. A solar plant of 5 MW is also part of the power generation station.

The auction is in line with NTPC’s efforts to fight air pollution and offer an alternative to burning crop residues. The company explained that the argo residue based fuel will be burnt in combination with coal, pointing out that firing such products together with coal is more efficient as compared to biomass plants.

(INR 10 = USD 0.155/EUR 0.127)

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