Govt. of Bihar keen to add generation capacity

It has been learnt from reliable sources that at least 23 companies including Tata Power, Videocon, Reliance Power, Essar have shown interest to set up three supercritical power stations of 2 X 660 MW (1,320 MW) each in Bihar through tariff-based competitive bidding route.All the companies participated in a pre-bid conference held in end-September. Bidding for the project is expected to open soon.

Successful bidders will supply 85 per cent of generation to the Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) at the determined tariff while the residual 15 per cent can be sold at open market.

While the Bihar Government will offer the requisite land, water and other such infrastructure for the projects scheduled to come up at Chausa (Buxar), Kajra (Lakhisarai) and Pirpainti (Bhagalpur); BSEB will also ensure coal linkage for the 1,320-MW Chausa project.

Meanwhile, Bihar has also signed long-term (25-year) agreements for purchasing nearly 1,000 MW of power from upcoming generation capacities of Essar and GMR in the neighbouring States, through tariff-based competitive bidding route. Supply will commence between 2014 and 2015.