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PSPCL seeks cancellation of COD of Goindwal Sahib Thermal units
The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has petitioned to Punjab State Electricity regulatory Commission (PSERC) to cancel the commercial operation date (COD) of two units of Goindwal Sahib Thermal Project on the grounds that it has not sufficient quantity of coal stock to run the units.
GCK has declared COD of Unit-I of the project on April 6 and of Unit-II on April 16 this year. PSPCL has requested PSERC to recall its order of February 1, which allowed M/s GVK to commission its two units at Goindwal Sahib and declare its COD.

PSPCL has contended that whatever power being generated from the project continues to be infirm in nature. Moreover it has been observed that GVK is not declaring the availability of generation from the project since April 22 due to non-availability of coal.

PSPCL has further contended that the fuel sources intimated under PSERC order of February 1 have never been procured and utilized by the GVK for the project on account of their commercial unviability. GVK is now in the process of arranging other sources for running the plant.

PSPCL has also challenged the PSERC order of February 1 before Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) and its hearing is scheduled for August 11.

PSERC in its order had observed that after cancellation of dedicated coal mines to GVK by Supreme Court, the firm was unsuccessful in the re-bidding of the said mine. The bidding for the other mine has not been carried out so far.

The petitioner has applied for long term coal linkage to the concerned authorities. The petitioner has also arranged coal required for commissioning the Project and to run it at 85% PLF for 2 to 2.5 years from domestic and imported sources as an interim arrangement.

The Commission agreed to GVK contention of sufficient coal stock which is sufficient for the time being. The Commission allowed GVK to declare the COD of the project, if it otherwise meets with and satisfies the terms and conditions of the PPA.

The Commission allowed this arrangement as purely temporary and the petitioner will arrange the long term linkage of coal at the earliest.

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