The Lanka Coal Company says they were following policies set by the previous Government in 2015 when it was decided that half of the 2.25 million metric tonnes required for the Lakvijeya power plant should be purchased through a term tender while the rest procured through spot tenders.
Accordingly, the company said it had taken steps to purchase 1.2 million metric tonnes from a term tender awarded on November 08, while the remainder was to be bought via six spot tenders.
Lanka Coal said five of those spot tenders have already been awarded and four of them were given to the lowest bidder.
Only two tenders had to be rejected, the statement said. The first, after the bidder wished to change the port the coal was being shipped from, and the second, after it was found that the bidder’s price was USD 7 higher than global prices.
“The Lanka Coal Company follows internationally accepted indices when evaluating prices of tenders, and during the last few months, coal was purchased for prices as low as USD 53.94, USD 58.11 and USD 59.50.
It is an accepted fact that coal prices are at their highest during December and January, resulting in annual purchases made during this time being customarily higher,” the statement said.
The company said in January 2018, coal was purchased at USD 100.35 per metric tonnes and in 2019, for USD 91.40 per metric tonne, which was higher than the USD 90.20 per metric tonne in January 2021.