HCC wins Rs431 order from Himachal Power Corp

Hindustan Construction Company Ltd (HCC) said it received a letter of award from Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation of India Ltd for execution of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work for 100 MW Sainj hydroelectric project in Kullu. The contract, worth Rs431 crore, is to be completed in 48 months.

On Friday, HCC shares ended 1.3% down at Rs116 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex closed 0.9% lower at 17,574 points.


R-Infra, Tata Power war of words intensifies

While R-Infra in a booklet distributed to its consumers claimed that Tata Power is planning to make Rs1,200 crore at the cost of Mumbai consumers by diverting the electricity produced for Mumbai to areas outside the metropolis, the latter stated that R-Infra is trying to restrain its consumers from  switching over to Tata Power

Anil Ambani Group company Reliance Infra (R-Infra) today unleashed a public campaign accusing Tata Power Company (TPC) of planning to make a profit of Rs1,200 crore at the cost of Mumbaikars, an allegation termed by Tata Power as "malicious" and against the "ethos of competition and consumer interest," reports PTI.

The two companies have been locked in a bitter row for over two years over power supply. Tata Power used to sell 500MW to R-Infra but threatened to stop doing so, with the latter refusing to sign a power purchase agreement (PPA).

R-Infra supplies power to Mumbai's suburbs.

Unleashing its public campaign, R-Infra distributed a booklet, which said that Tata Power is planning to make Rs1,200 crore at the cost of Mumbai consumers by diverting the electricity produced for Mumbai to outside the metropolis.

In a strongly-worded statement, Tata Power said the campaign "...is essentially a diversionary tactic to divert the attention of Mumbai consumers from the persistent failures of R-Infra to manage its costs, including power procurement costs, as a result of which Mumbai consumers are faced with unprecedented tariff burden not seen anywhere else in the country."

The statement further said the "...booklet is an attempt to disturb the freedom of choice available to the consumers; thereby restricting the switchover from R-Infra to Tata Power that is in process in suburban Mumbai and is gaining momentum with each passing day."

In another statement R-Infra claimed that the company has witnessed an "increase in demand" this summer due to "continuously increasing consumer base".

"The company has seen its consumer base increasing by 1.15 lakh new consumers over last year as against the migration of 45,000 consumers to another utility; thus net addition 70,000 consumers," an R-Infra statement said.

"This year, during summer the company recorded a maximum demand (peak load) of 1,449 MW against the 1,410 MW last year, an increase of almost 3%; whereas the minimum demand (base load) has gone up from 790 MW to 848 MW, an increase of almost 6%," it added.

Tata Power had earlier said it would stop supply to R-Infra and is considering all options, including legal, in the face of a state government directive to continue supplying 360 MW power to R-Infra till 30th June.

The Maharashtra government had directed Tata Power to provide 360 MW power to R-Infra till 30th June at a regulated rate and 200 MW till 31 March 2011.

Meanwhile, Tata Power approached MERC against the State Load Despatch Centre's (SLDC) refusal to schedule 160 MW power to its distribution company, Tata Power Distribution, which is already slated for hearing. Tata Power said that it needs 160 MW power to cater its own customers migrated recently from R-Infra.


Anil, Mukesh Ambani groups sign gas supply deal

Although neither side gave details of the revised gas supply agreement, sources in RNRL said that it is for a period of 17 years for projects totalling 8,400MW at a government-determined price of $4.2 per mmBtu

An Anil Ambani group firm today announced that it signed an agreement for availing of gas from Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL) in accordance with a Supreme Court (SC) direction, but supply will be subject to government policy, reports PTI.

The announcement of the deal comes within weeks of the warring brothers signing a truce agreement for creating a "harmonious environment of cooperation and collaboration" between their respective groups.

Shortly after the deal was signed today between Mukesh-led RIL and Anil group firm Reliance Natural Resources (RNRL), the agreement was submitted to the government for necessary action, oil ministry sources said but clarified that neither any quantity, duration of gas supply, specific project nor price was mentioned.

Although neither side gave details of the revised gas supply agreement, sources in RNRL said that it is for a period of 17 years for projects totalling 8,400 MW at a government determined price of $4.2 per million British thermal units (mmBtu).

When contacted, RIL spokesperson declined to give details saying that the contract was as per the direction of the Supreme Court and in accordance with government's policies.

The government has fixed a price of $4.2 per mmBtu for five years for gas from RIL's Krishna Godavari (KG) D-6 fields.

The government sources further clarified that it was the master agreement about the intent to supply gas and any specific details ranging from pricing to tenure and projects could be contained only in GSPA.

It may be recalled that only last week the oil ministry officials were reported to have said that any gas supply to Anil's group firm could be only closer to commissioning of any project.

They, however, said today that it was for the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) to see if an exception can be made for Anil Ambani group and gas could be reserved for his project.

RNRL had gone to court against RIL in 2006, seeking 28 million metric standard cubic metres of gas per day (mmscmd) of gas for its proposed Dadri plant at a rate of %2.34 per mmBtu-a demand that was rejected by the Supreme Court citing that government had the last word on utilisation and pricing of gas.

The government fixed price for gas from RIL's KG-D6 fields is $4.20 per mmBtu.

"With legal dispute (over supply and pricing of natural gas from RIL's Krishna Godavari basin fields to Anil Ambani Group's power plants) behind us, we look forward to a harmonious and constructive relationship with Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG)," Mukesh Ambani had said at RIL's Annual General Meeting on 18th June.

He had also said that "as and when the power plants of ADAG are ready to receive gas, we would commence supplies to them subject to government granting allocation."

The two brothers reconciled their differences on 23rd May, when they scrapped a non-compete agreement that allowed flexibility to expand into areas hitherto reserved for each of them and aimed at "creating overall environment of harmony, cooperation and collaboration between the two groups."

Propelled by the news of a revised gas pact with RIL, RNRL shares immediately surged 8% intra-day but settled 3.29% up at Rs65.95 a piece.

RIL shares were 1.14% up at Rs1,063.25 a share on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).


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