Tata Power may not source coal from Indonesia for Mundra
Tata Power may cut dependence on Indonesian coal and explore other geographies to source the fuel for expansion of its 4,000 MW Mundra ultra mega power project in Gujarat.
The company owns stake in KPC mining company in Indonesia which owns and operates coal blocks in the island nation.
‘It (import) could be from any market globally because after the HBA price regime was implemented in Indonesia, we get no advantage at all from ownership,’ Tata Power Managing Director Anil Sardana said.
He said the coal for Mundra project expansion can be sourced from any other country and any other mine because one gets it at the market-det rmined price.
HBA price of Indonesia is the monthly coal reference rate which is calculated on the monthly average of four international coal indices.
‘The expansion was on the assumption that the units will be linked to market phenomenon and we would be using imported coal,’ Sardana said.
The company plans to expand the capacity of its Mundra project by 1,500 MW by adding two units.
As per the original plan layout prepared by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) there is space for space for two additional units. ‘Since water is there, evacuation is there, every other facility is there and it makes sense for one to generate electricity at a cheaper price,’ Sardana said, adding that where else can one expect imported coal-based power being generated at less than Rs 3.