Coal In­dia again ‘drops’ ten­ders for pro­cure­ment of Heavy Duty Dumpers

RU­MOURS HAVE IT, THAT THIS IS THE USUAL POL­ICY ADOPTED BY COAL IN­DIA IN ALL ITS MA­JOR TEN­DERS TO UL­TI­MATELY HAVE THE ‘BIG 2’ (ONE AMER­I­CAN AND OTHER JA­PANESE)

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With the Min­istry of Coal set­ting am­bi­tious tar­gets for Coal In­dia to achieve pro­duc­tion of 1 bil­lion tonnes by year 2020, the PSU and its sub­sidiary NCL have re­cently gone about can­celling 2 ten­ders of 190 Ton dumpers for 28 and 18 units re­spec­tively.

Al­though th­ese ten­ders were floated late last year wherein 5 in­ter­na­tional man­u­fac­tur­ers took part, Coal In­dia, in its usual style, took a long time to eval­u­ate the tech­ni­cal bids and fi­nally de­cided to can­cel both the ten­ders cit­ing ‘ad­min­is­tra­tive rea­sons’. This, de­spite the fact that the new gov­ern­ment has taken up the chal­lenge of aug­ment­ing do­mes­tic coal pro­duc­tion and put nec­es­sary poli­cies in place, the be­he­moth coal PSU con­tin­ues to func­tion in it’s old style as far as pro­cure­ment of high ca­pac­ity min­ing equip­ment is con­cerned.

The ques­tion that arises is whether CIL has again buckled un­der pres­sure from the Tip­per man­u­fac­turer lobby (25 – 35 Ton truck makers) for not procur­ing high ca­pac­ity min­ing dump trucks, as this will ren­der their huge fleets of low ca­pac­ity trucks job­less?

In­ter­est­ingly, an­other ten­der floated by CIL late last year for 44 units of 240 ton dumpers is pro­ceed­ing fur­ther wherein, as per our sources, out of the 5 bid­ders only 2 are left in the race. Out of the last two, one of them is Cater­pil­lar – a ma­jor Amer­i­can min­ing equip­ment man­u­fac­turer.

Mil­len­nium Post is privy to in­for­ma­tion that de­spite a ma­jor flaw in this Amer­i­can com­pany’s techno-com­mer­cial bid, the Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee of Coal In­dia has kept it’s bid alive. Ru­mours have it that this is the usual pol­icy adopted by Coal In­dia in all its ma­jor ten­ders to ul­ti­mately have the ‘Big 2’ (one Amer­i­can and other Ja­panese) as ‘qual­i­fied bid­ders’ while the rest are re­jected on some pre­text or the other. A se­nior CIL source stated, that the mat­ter of favouritism in the case of the on­go­ing 240 ton dumpers is un­der the scan­ner and may be taken up by the CVC.

It is per­ti­nent to note that de­spite its tall claims on in­crease in coal pro­duc­tion, Coal In­dia con­tin­ues to thwart its own ten­ders since 2006, which was the last time that ten­ders for heavy duty dumpers ma­te­ri­alised. In that par­tic­u­lar case also, the per­for­mance and avail­abil­ity of the 240 Ton dumpers at SECL, sup­plied by US-based Cater­pil­lar, came un­der a cloud and was

probed by the CVC.

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