New Delhi: Adani Enterprises has emerged as the lowest bidder in Coal India's tender for imports of the dry fuel quoting over Rs 4,000 crore for a supply of 2.416 million tonnes, even though the miner is likely to "negotiate the price", an official said on Monday. A negotiation for the quoted price may take place as the gap between the lowest bid value and the miner's own estimates of Rs 3,100 crore is in excess of around 30 per cent, he said.
"Adani's bid is the lowest but it is Rs 900 crore more than Coal India's own estimate. Officials of the miner are discussing among themselves the price quoted by the lowest bidder. There is a high possibility that price will be further negotiated," the official told PTI.
Adani Group and another 10 companies had shown interest in the miner's maiden coal import tender for supply of the dry fuel on a freight-on-road (FOR) basis.
This tender was floated for the short-term supply based on the indent received from state power generating companies, the official said.
Meanwhile, the last date for submission of bids for another two tenders for supplying of six million tonnes of imported coal is on Tuesday.
A board meeting to finalise the tenders has not been fixed and is expected after the second tender is opened, the official said.
Mohit Minerals and Chettinad Logistics and a couple of coal exporting agencies from abroad were among those who had shown interest in the CIL's tender for coal imports.
The Ministry of Power has asked power producers to import 10 per cent of their coal requirements for mixing, and the job has been entrusted to Coal India on behalf of the gencos (power generating companies).
(With PTI inputs)