SC notice on NTPC’s petition against Ansaldo

SC notice on NTPC’s petition against Ansaldo

New Delhi:The Supreme Court issued notices on a National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) petition against power equipment manufacturer Ansaldo Caldaie Boilers India Pvt Ltd over a dispute involving competitive bidding for a 15,000 crore tender.

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NTPC contends Ansaldo is not technical qualified to contest the bid for the construction of steam boilers as part of a super critical thermal power project. All the parties were served notices and the matter will be heard again in 4 weeks.

The state-owned power generation company approached the apex court after the Delhi high court ruled that Ansaldo could be allowed to make a price bid.

While issuing notices and asking the parties to file their replies, a bench of justices Altamas Kabir and Cyriac Joseph remarked that the matter required proper hearing and accordingly, it will pass orders only after hearing all the parties concerned.

Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, appearing for NTPC, submitted to the court that boiler manufacturer Ansaldo Caldaie Boilers had formed a joint venture with Gammon India Ltd to bid for the supply of 15,000 crore worth of super-critical power equipment to NTPC.

However, NTPC had rejected the bid as the Italian firm does not have the capacity to design the super-critical boiler and did not fulfill the minimum criteria stipulated in the techno-commercial tender, said Subramanium.

Appearing for the firm, senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, however, opposed the NTPC argument and said the firm had all the required experience and fulfilled all the required parameters to participate in the bidding process.

The Solicitor General, however, assured the court that NTPC would maintain status quo on the tendering process till the matter was resolved.

Bhel-Hitachi JV is the other entity in the fray for the tender.

PTI also contributed to this story