Jindal urges for power tariff revision

Kalinganagar: Jindal Stainless Limited (JSL) has urged the authorities to revise the tariff rate for selling power to the State. JSL has a 2X125 (250)-MW power plant at Kalinganagar in Jajpur district out of which 1×125 MW is in operation.

Out of the total power generated, 70 MW is consumed for internal use at JSL’s greenfield steel complex here.

The company is exporting 40 MW power to Grid Corporation of Orissa to meet the State’s demand at a cost, which is lower than the cost of generation.

For this reason, JSL has been forced to close the other 125-MW power production facility, said JSL Chief Resident Manager Rajdeep Mohanty.

The shutdown is resulting in a huge loss to the company in terms of investment and manpower, he said.

In the meanwhile, the state government has advised the power utility to go in for a revised power tariff so that the entire power can be exported to Gridco.

In spite of all our efforts till date, we are suffering and continue exporting 40 MW to serve the state by making loss, Mohanty pointed out.

As per the MoU signed on June 9, 2005, JSL is supposed to get 300 acres of land for its ash pond, 85 acres for rail linkage, land for water linkage and also the Government’s support for linkage of coal.

However, the company has not been able to get the support of the state government till date on these issues, Mohanty lamented.

Without rail connectivity, ash pond, coal linkage and water JSL is facing a lot of difficulties operating its plant that has been brought to the notice of the state government, he added.