Tata Power Solar on Saturday announced that it has bagged an order worth Rs 1,200 crore from state-run power giant NTPC for setting up of 320 MW ground mounted solar project.
Tata Power Solar, India's largest integrated solar company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power, has received a "Letter of Award (LoA)" to build 320 MW of ground mounted Solar PV project for NTPC, a company statement said.
Shares of NTPC rallied over 4 per cent on the BSE on Monday after the company reported a 5.87 per cent year-on-year (YoY) decline in its consolidated net profit at Rs 2,948.94 crore for the first quarter of the fiscal year 2020-21 (Q1FY21).
The company's revenue from operations slipped 2.57 per cent YoY to Rs 26,194.76 crore during the quarter under review.
Power utilities having significant exposure to regulated business such as NTPC and Power Grid may have corrected with the decline in broader indices, but analysts maintain a positive view.
NTPC and Power Grid earn a certain regulated return on their capital irrespective of demand for power and the flow of power, and hence excluding some temporary collections issues that may emerge, analysts at HSBC see little risk to earnings for the two companies.
Top Indian electricity generator NTPC has rejected the emissions-cutting technology of GE and other foreign firms for its coal-fired plants, documents show, shutting them out of an estimated $2 billion in orders.
Despite struggling with some of the world's worst air pollution levels, India has already pushed back a deadline to cut emission levels to up to 2022, after extensive lobbying by power producers who cited high costs and technical difficulties.
Power generation company NTPC on Saturday said it has signed a term loan agreement for Rs 5,000 crore was signed with State Bank of India (SBI).
The loan facility has been extended at an interest rate linked to 3-month MCLR (marginal cost of funds-based lending rate) of the bank and has a door-to-door tenure of 15 years, NTPC said in a statement.
NTPC’s invitation for bids for setting up 1,200 MW of solar generation units received a tepid response, with only one company winning bids for 300 MW. According to industry sources, Chinese government-backed TBEA Energy was the lowest bidder, quoting a tariff of Rs 2.63/unit. The company specialises in making power transformers.
The ceiling tariff for the auction was set at Rs 2.65/unit.
Over the past month, shares of NTPC Ltd have remained powerless, down about 7%. The company said last week that it added 1,320 megawatts (MW), which takes it closer to its annual capacity target of 5,000MW. The capacity additions augur well, though, and the firm’s regulated business model assures a fixed return on invested equity.
NTPC has recently commissioned the first unit (660MW) of its Khargone TPP (2x600MW). This plant is India’s first ultra-super-critical project with a station heat rate (SHR) of 2,070kcal/kWh. Notably, it is ~3% more efficient than the super critical ones given the higher steam parameters. Unit-1 is likely to commercialise soon, while unit-2 commissioning is scheduled for Jan’20. NTPC organised an analyst visit to this plant. Below are our key takeaways from it.
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