Vol 3, PW 10 (09 Jun 99) News in Brief

India will shortly float tenders for the construction of two more "non-site specific" power plants with a capacity of 2,000-MW each.

Rangarajan Kumaramangalam, Minister of Power, made the announcement on 25 May at the inauguration of Enrons 740-MW power plant at Dabhol. He said the only condition laid down by the Indian cabinet when it agreed to the move in November 1998 was that the plants should be located on the west coast of India, and fired by regassified LNG.

He said bidders will be allowed to select the site of the power plants and that power from the plants will be sold to the newly-set up Power Trading Corporation (PTC). Tenders for the projects are expected in "mid-June".