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Tangedco calls bid for transport of coal from Odisha to overcome power shortage in TN

- April 22, 2022

Chennai, April 22 (BPNS)

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company (Tangedco) has floated tenders for the transportation of coal from Odisha. The Tamil Nadu power company has called for bidders to transport coal from Mahanadi Coal Fields Ltd which is a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd. The tender will close on April 27th.

According to information available from sources in Tangedco, the state is purchasing 2.6 lakh tonnes of Coal from Mahanadi Coal Fields Ltd and requires transportation contractors for the same.

Coal is transported from mines to the ports by rail and then through sea routes to the discharge ports at Ennore, Karaikal, and Thoothukudi.

The Coal will be moved from MCL mines at Hingula, Ananta, Garjanbahal, Lakhanpur, and Kulda in Odisha. A senior officer with Tangedco while speaking to IANS said, “The movement of Coal will commence from May and will continue till June end. At present, we are planning to complete the transportation by June end.”

He said that the coal will be delivered at Kamarajar port and Ennore and Karaikal ports.

Tangedco in the tender has made it clear that the bidder must have experience in moving a minimum of 65000 tonnes of coal from mines through road or rail on behalf of any power utilities in the public or private sector. The transporting company should have transported coal in the years 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22 from mines and should have an annual turnover of Rs 20 crore in any of the above financial years.

Tamil Nadu requires Coal to the tune of 72000 tonnes a day for producing power and the supply is only 48000 to 50,000 tonnes. It may be noted that  Tamil Nadu reached all-time peak demand of 17,196 MW on March 29.