Uttar Pradesh Govt cancels seven PPAS for 7,040-MW projects sans fuel linkage
Uttar Pradesh has cancelled power purchase agreements (PPAS) with seven power projects with a cumulative capacity of 7,040 mw. The PPAS, signed in 2010, were scrapped as the projects were not able to procure fuel supply agreements even after deadlines to do so were extended three times.
According to sources, the projects include Lanco Infratech’s two 1,320-mw units of the Himavat project in Bhoganipur, Kanpur; Bajaj Energy’s 1,980-mw Lalitpur project and Welspun Energy’s 1,320 -mw Mirzapur power project. All these projects were given land and other support by the Uttar Pradesh government, the sources said. Out of the power stations, only the Lalitpur project was commissioned. The source added that the Uttar Pradesh government has also decided to encash the bank guarantees, worth Rs 352 crore, of these pending projects. Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation had extended the deadline to procure coal linkages till the end of March. The PPAS for these projects were signed in 2010 by the then Mayawati government. Later, the Akhilesh Yadav government gave them two extensions to get fuel linkages.
The Lalitpur project, which was commissioned in 2016, had signed loan agreement with State Bank of India (SBI) in 2011. According to government data, the project had a cumulative expenditure of Rs 14,306 crore till July, 2015. It had applied to the coal ministry for 9.15 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of the fuel. The power evacuation system for the plant was also not completely set up.
PPAS, SIGNED IN 2010, WERE SCRAPPED AS PROJECTS WERE NOT ABLE TO PROCURE FUEL SUPPLY PACTS EVEN AFTER DEADLINES TO DO SO WERE EXTENDED 3 TIMES