PFC arm transfers project to Power Grid

PFC Consulting Ltd has transferred its Nagapattinam-Madhugiri Transmission Company Ltd to Power Grid

Power Finance Corporation Ltd has said that its wholly owned subsidiary PFC Consulting Ltd has transferred its Nagapattinam-Madhugiri Transmission Company Ltd to Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.

The subsidiary had been incorporated for the development of independent "transmission system associated with IPPs of Nagapattinam/Cuddalore Area-Package A (Nagapattinam Pooling Station-Salem 765kV D/c line, Salem-Madhugiri 765kv S/c line)"

The successful bidder has been selected, through tariff based competitive bidding guidelines for transmission services issued by ministry of power, government of India.

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SC rejects Essar Oil’s review petition on deferred sales tax

Essar Oil has already recognised the liability in its quarterly accounts for the quarter ended 31 December 2011

Essar Oil has already recognised this liability in its quarterly accounts for the quarter ended 31 December 2011. The Supreme Court of India has disallowed Essar Oil review petition in relation to deferred sales tax. The review petition was filed by the company seeking a review of the Supreme Court’s decision on 17 January 2012.

Essar Oil has already recognised this liability in its quarterly accounts for the quarter ended 31 December 2011. The company is also in discussion with the Gujarat government for finalising the terms of repayment of sales tax liabilities.
Simultaneously, Essar Oil is in discussions with banks for meeting the repayment obligations as may be finalised with Gujarat government.

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NMDC may hike iron ore prices by Rs300-Rs400 per tonne

The price hike in China to $150 per tonne now from $130 per tonne in the recent past provides NMDC the necessary cushion to effect a hike, which is likely for both for lumps and fines—two varieties of iron ore

Iron ore miner NMDC may announce a Rs300-Rs400 per tonne increase in the prices of the key steel-making raw material in the third week of this month when its Board meets to take a final call.

Sources in the country's largest iron ore producer said the price rise is almost a given now since the raw material is in short supply domestically and costlier in China.

“The price hike in China to $150 per tonne now from $130 per tonne in the recent past provides NMDC the necessary cushion to effect a hike, which is likely for both for lumps and fines—two varieties of iron ore,” sources said.

A ban on mining in Karnataka’s Bellary region since July last year and closure of some mines in Goa have impacted iron ore production, resulting in inadequate supply for most of the domestic steel mills, which do not have a captive source. Bellary used to contribute 80% of Karnataka's production of around 16 million tonnes.

NMDC’s acting chairman NK Nanda declined to comment on the possible hike in the prices, saying the matter would be discussed at the next Board meeting of the company, slated for the third week of this month. “It is not proper to comment on the price hike now. Wait for another two weeks. Our Board is going to meet in the third week of this month. Board will decide on this. So far, there has been no increase during the month,” Mr Nanda said.

The proposed price hike may not push the steel prices up further since almost all leading producers of the metal have effected a price hike from the beginning of the current month, factoring in cost escalation.

NMDC has already communicated the provisional price of iron ore for the April-June quarter to steel firms. It had lowered iron ore price by up to Rs160 per tonne for lumps and Rs600 for fines in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal, after hiking the price in the October-December quarter of 2011-12.

The price of lumps, which Indian steel mills mostly use, is between Rs4,900-Rs6,000 per tonne now. Fines are being traded between Rs2,200-Rs3,000 per tonne.

Lumps contribute 40% to NMDC’s sales while the rest is from fines. Essar Steel, JSW Steel and RINL are among NMDC’s biggest customers.

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