New Delhi: Nine global firms have evinced interest for providing consultancy services to Neyveli Lignite's (NLC) 1,980 MW power project in Uttar Pradesh involving a cost of Rs 11,128 crore.
"So far eight to nine global firms have evinced interest with regard to providing consultancy for NLC's thermal power project in UP," company's Chairman-cum-Managing Director B Surender Mohan told reporters.
"The response has been really good," Mohan added.
However, he refused to disclose names of the companies that have shown interest.
The state-owned firm had in April invited global firms for providing consultancy for its proposed Ghatampur Thermal Power Project.
The consultant will be selected on the basis of an international competitive bidding process. The total consultancy contract shall be executed in two phases.
Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd and NLC have entered into a joint venture for the thermal power plant and the project is moving fast into the execution phase, the company had earlier said.
NLC had earlier said that it has proposals for growth in power generation capacity and is expanding its activities not only at Neyveli, but also in other parts of the country.
NLC also has a proposal to establish a power plant with a capacity of 4,000 MW at Sirkali in Tamil Nadu. It is also planning to bid for Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPP) of 4,000 MW under tariff based competitive bidding and other power projects.
The company's coal requirement is likely to shoot up to 10 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) once all the projects are commissioned. NLC has also invited bids from global firms to acquire coal assets overseas for providing fuel security to its thermal power plants.
The 'Navratna' firm operates four mines with a total capacity 30.6 MTPA, and four thermal power stations of total capacity of 2,740 MW.
It is executing lignite-based projects such as New Neyveli Thermal Power Station. Besides, NLC is implementing a 1,000 MW coal-based Thermal Power Project, NLC Tamil Nadu Power Ltd at Tuticorin.