The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Malaysian state-run Petronas and Arcelormittal SA are among the 13 bidders for a minority stake in the green energy unit of India's NTPC Ltd, a company official said on Thursday.
NTPC, the country's largest utility, anticipates the private placement will initially raise 20 billion rupees ($251 million) and will be followed eventually by a spin-off of the green energy unit as a separate India-listed entity, the official said.
India’s largest power generating company (genco) NTPC Limited has awarded multiple coal import contracts for 6.25 million tonne (MT) to Adani Enterprises at a cumulative value of Rs 6,585 crore. The state-owned genco is importing coal to meet the recent directive of the Ministry of Power to blend 10 per cent imported coal in order to tackle domestic coal shortage.
Shares of state-owned electric utilities company NTPC registered a fresh 52-week high at Rs 132.10, up 4 per cent on the BSE in Tuesday’s intra-day trade after the company confirmed the winning of 1.9 GW solar projects under Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) scheme.
The stock surpassed its previous high of Rs 127 hit on September 24, 2021. In past one month, the stock has rallied 16 per cent, as compared to 7 per cent rise in the S&P BSE Sensex.
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.
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