Coal India, NTPC iron out differences, fuel pact likely by mid-Jan
"We have discussed the issues threadbare. Many of the issues can be thrashed out and we can sign the FSAs very soon...possibly in a month's time," NTPC CMD Arup Roychoudhury said after a meeting with Coal India chief S Narsing Rao here.
The two PSUs had locked horns over the FSA. The main differences were minimum supply level and quality of the coal. They were also not on the same page on the issue of signing different FSAs in case of multiple units of the same plant.
Responding to queries, Rao, who was present during Roychoudhury's media briefing, said there will be no change in the draft of the FSA.
This could mean that NTPC may have to scale down their demands.
According to sources, NTPC is not happy with signing two sets of FSAs for plants in brownfield capacity expansion.
Sources said Coal India had agreed to look into the issue on a case-to-case basis.
The signing of the FSA is expected to be held in Delhi where the next meeting is scheduled for in mid-January.
Today's understanding may have to be approved by the two respective boards. The CIL board is meeting on December 12 while that of the NTPC is slated for December 26.
As per a Presidential Directive to Coal India in April, the PSU has to supply a minimum
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