BSES looks outside Mumbai for new business

Vol 5, PW 8 (06 Jun 01) Midstream & Downstream

Mumbai-based electricity company Bombay Suburban Electricity Supply wants to branch out and is looking at power transmission business opportunities outside Mumbai.

This report learns the company is in talks for a technical alliance with the Bhakra Beas Management Board, which manages the giant Bhakra project in north India. "We decided with BBMB to look at such projects on a case by case basis," reveals a company official.

Bombay Suburban is keen to take on two such transmission projects now on tender. One is the 400 kilowatt double circuit Bina-Nagda-Dehgam 332-km transmission line at a cost of Rs 500 crore ($110m) for the Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board and the other is the 300-km transmission line proposed by Andhra Pradesh Transmission Company at a cost of Rs300cr ($66m) for evacuation of electricity from National Thermal Power's Simhadri power project.

Bombay Suburban plans to attend the June 6th pre-qualification meeting for the Bina-Nagda-Dehgam line at the offices of Powergrid in New Delhi. Two weeks ago BSES bought the tender documents for the Simhadri transmission line for which it plans "to make a serious bid".