Haryana an­nuls ten­ders of two Chi­nese firms

Re­vises clause to make only In­dian firms el­i­gi­ble

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE - Hi­ten­der Rao hrao@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDI­GARH : The BJP-led Haryana gov­ern­ment has de­cided to put in ef­fect a trade ban on Chi­nese com­pa­nies by an­nulling two ten­ders for in­stal­la­tion of flue gas de-sul­phuri­sa­tion (FGD) sys­tem at their ther­mal power plants in Hisar and Ya­mu­nana­gar. The works un­der the two ten­ders car­ried a fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tion of about ₹780 crore.

Top of­fi­cials said the low­est bid­ders (L-1) for both the ten­ders were Chi­nese firms – Bei­jing SPC En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Tech for Ya­mu­nana­gar power plant and Shang­hai Elec­tric Cor­po­ra­tion for the Hisar plant.

CHANDI­GARH : The BJP-led Haryana gov­ern­ment has de­cided to put in ef­fect a trade ban on Chi­nese com­pa­nies by an­nulling two ten­ders for in­stal­la­tion of flue gas de-sul­phuri­sa­tion (FGD) sys­tem at their ther­mal power plants in Hisar and Ya­mu­nana­gar.

The works un­der the two ten­ders car­ried a fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tion of about ₹780 crore.

Top of­fi­cials said the low­est bid­ders (L-1) for both the ten­ders were Chi­nese firms – Bei­jing SPC En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Tech for Ya­mu­nana­gar power plant and Shang­hai Elec­tric Cor­po­ra­tion for the Hisar power plant. The prices quoted by the Chi­nese bid­ders were quite com­pet­i­tive, of­fi­cials said.

“We are go­ing for a fresh ten­der with changed con­di­tions. Only com­pa­nies reg­is­tered in In­dia will be el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate as per the terms and con­di­tions of the new ten­der,” said a top of­fi­cial.

The en­vi­ron­ment, for­est and cli­mate change min­istry had in December 2015 is­sued new en­vi­ron­men­tal norms for ther­mal power plants man­dat­ing in­stal­la­tion of pol­lu­tion con­trol equip­ment.

The state gov­ern­ment de­cided to in­stall the FGD sys­tem at its power gen­er­at­ing plants in Hisar and Ya­mu­nana­gar.

Na­tional Ther­mal Power Cor­po­ra­tion (NTPC) was ap­pointed as the con­sul­tant.

The Haryana Power Gen­er­a­tion Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited (HPGCL) in­vited ap­pli­ca­tions through in­ter­na­tional com­pet­i­tive bid­ding route.

A to­tal of five bids, in­clud­ing three from Chi­nese com­pa­nies, were re­ceived for Deen Bandhu Ch­hotu Ram Ther­mal Power Sta­tion in Ya­mu­nana­gar.

In­dian bid­der EPIL also par­tic­i­pated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with a Chi­nese firm and M/s BHEL ap­plied jointly with a non-Chi­nese for­eign firm.

Three com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing two Chi­nese firms, par­tic­i­pated in the ten­der for Hisar power plant. The third bid­der was M/s BHEL which made a bid in for­eign col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“In the pre­vail­ing eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion due to Covid-19 and in line with the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s poli­cies to en­cour­age in­dige­nous com­pa­nies, it has been de­cided to scout for In­dian firms for the project us­ing the domestic bid­ding pat­tern,” said HPGCL manag­ing di­rec­tor Mo­ham­mad Shayin.

In the pre­vail­ing eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion and in line with the Cen­tre’s poli­cies to en­cour­age in­dige­nous com­pa­nies, it has been de­cided to scout for In­dian firms for the project us­ing the domestic bid­ding pat­tern MO­HAM­MAD SHAYIN, HPGCL manag­ing di­rec­tor

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