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APTEL okays acquisition of Prayagraj power project by Tata Power JV

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on September 30, 2019 Published on September 30, 2019

The Appellate Tribunal For Electricity (APTEL) has approved transfer of ownership of Prayagraj Power Generation Company Limited (PPGCL) to Resurgent Power Ventures Pte Ltd, but without any reduction of adopted tariff.

Resurgent is a joint venture between Tata Power International Pte Ltd, ICICI Bank, Kuwait Investment Authority and State General Reserve Fund of Oman set up to acquire assets in the Indian power sector.

Prayagraj Power owns and operates a 1,980-MW (3X660MW) coal-based thermal power project in Uttar Pradesh and had become an NPA due to financial and operational stresses.

Resurgent was selected as the successful bidder in resolving this stressed asset and had signed a Share Purchase Agreement with the lenders for acquisition of 75 per cent shares of PPGCL.

Approval of the regulator was one of the pre-conditions for concluding this transaction.

Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD of Tata Power, said, “This judgement of APTEL is a positive development for power sector and specifically for resolution of stressed assets. The APTEL judgement protects economic viability of stressed assets post resolution, thus providing certainty for the bidders who wish to participate in the resolution process of stressed assets in the future.”

With this development, Resurgent will look forward to concluding this transaction at the earliest, completing the takeover of Prayagraj project, stabilising and improving operations of the plant to bridge the growing demand-supply gap of power in Uttar Pradesh.

 

Published on September 30, 2019
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