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Gujarat may take over Tata, Adani, Essar power plants

There were power projects of 20,000 MW that were up for sale in India with no takers

Dev Chatterjee  |  Mumbai 

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The government and lenders led by are working on a resolution plan for the electricity generation units of the Tatas, the Adanis, and the group in that are making huge losses due to an adverse judgment. The judgment has prohibited coal-based plants from passing on their increased cost to customers. This resolution plan, now in an advanced stage, comes in the backdrop of the lenders agreeing to invoke the strategic debt restructuring (SDR) plan for Power.

Under the plan, all its interest and principal payments have been frozen for the next 18 months. The three had earlier offered to sell a 51 per cent stake in their plants for Rs 1 to the State Electricity Board but with the assembly elections scheduled to take place in a few months, the government has deferred any decision till the end of the polls. Once the elections were over, the State Electricity Board would take 51 per cent equity in the three units, industry sources said. Power, Power, and Power — with a combined capacity of more than 9,800 MW — were impacted by the judgment, under which the were denied permission to charge higher tariffs, the need for which arose because imported coal from Indonesia became more expensive. executives said on Tuesday the SDR was invoked by the Joint Lenders Forum of the banks in the last week of September and it had become effective from the end of July. has debts of Rs 5,000 crore and Rs 2,600 crore of equity for its 1,200 MW plant. “The company has decided to end the issue and not pump in more equity and approached lenders to take a majority stake,” said an executive. would continue to operate the power plant and the account had not become a non-performing asset, the official said. The company had to go for SDR because the selling price of electricity to the state boards was far lower than its cost price, and it was unable to service its dues. After the lenders take control of the asset, they would invite bidders to buy their 51 per cent stake in unit. If the projects, including those of the Adanis and the Tatas, are bagged by a government entity, it would become easier for the three units to buy coal from local sources. The are hoping that with this resolution in play, the value of their residual 49 per cent stake in these subsidiaries would rise and it would be able to exit at a profit. In a recent interview with this newspaper, AM Naik, chairman of L&T, said there were power projects of 20,000 MW that were up for sale in India with no takers.

First Published: Wed, October 11 2017. 00:46 IST