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IIICorp opportunity of the week: GMH seeks funding for proposed USD 800m Tamil Nadu-based TPP

General Mediterranean Holding (GMH) is looking for financiers for its proposed 1030MW merchant thermal power plant at Kattuppalli Village in Thirvallur district in Tamil Nadu (TN), according to Justin Paul, the President Technical at Chennai Power Generation Limited (CPGL), the Indian subsidiary of the Luxembourg-based company.

“The project is awaiting environment clearance, land acquisition, and fuel-supply agreement for the power plant and we will look at financial closure of the plant in the first quarter of 2018,” Paul told this news service.

The company president did not provide a timeline when the EPC tenders would be invited but said that the bids would be invited soon after the environment clearances and fuel supply agreements are in place.

The 1030MW power project had experienced difficulties when North Chennai Power Company Limited refused to spare 70 acres of land to CPGL for the plant due to a reported overlap in location of the two companies’ power plants. The terms of reference (ToR) for the project were initially issued in 2009, however these expired in 2013 due to the inability to resolve the land issue. A fresh application to issue the ToR was submitted in September 2015, which was approved in early June this year.

The total project investment (TPI) comprises USD 788.5m (Rs. 5245.6 crore) and the facility will source coal from Indonesia and Australia. It will consist of two 515MW steam turbine generator (STG) sets and two pulverized coal-fired subcritical boilers. The balance of plant (BoP) package will comprise the coal and ash handling plant, water treatment plant, desalination plant, compressed air system, electrical controls, instrumentation and control, and chimney, all of which cost USD 639.3m.

The total plant area will cover about 319 acres of land, including an ash pond area, along with 23 acres within Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) area that will be utilized as corridor for sea water pipeline and for coal conveying at a total cost of USD 27.5m.

There will also be a requirement for the installation of electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) and flue gahis weeks desulfurization (FGD) systems however these will be decided based on the fuel supply agreement signed.

“If required, we will invite separate bids for the construction of the FGD plant,” said Paul.

 

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Featured Story of the Week: SGCC bid for Abengoa’s Brazilian assets faces delays arising from deal’s complex, politically-sensitive nature

State Grid Corporation of China’s (SGCC) planned purchase of Abengoa SA’s Brazilian power transmission operations is facing ongoing delays as a result of the high level of complexity it has encountered in the asset evaluation process. That’s according to Xiao Bin (肖斌), an official at theState Grid Brazil Holding SA (国家电网巴西控股公司), the local subsidiary of SGCC, who made reference to the highly diverse nature of the assets in question and their complicated financial position.

“The acquisition is still in talks and there is n0_1_21st_Century_Silk_Road_Map_thumb_1460933781855o certain time for how long it will take,” Xiao said. He added that a formal proposal has yet to be made.

SGCC’s confusion is shared by industry analysts who have also had difficulty estimating the value of Abengoa’s Brazilian assets, which comprises facilities that are operational and reneue-generating as well as ones that are being developed. In the latter category, Abengoa has about 6,000km of transmission lines under construction that will require the purchaser to take on billions of dollars of future investments.

The Brazilian government has indicated that it would expect a large and well-capitalized entity like SGCC to acquire all of Abengoa’s Brazilian assets as a package.

This news service previously reported, citing a SGCC source, that this transaction was a politically sensitive one and that it should not be viewed as a simple sale and purchase agreement between two companies. The state-owned Chinese company, which has invested USD 2.58bn (CNY 16.83bn) in Brazil’s power transmission sector since 2010, believes that the expertise it has developed via the construction of China’s vast ultra-high-voltage projects over the past two years gave it a competitive advantage over rival bidders.

Financially-distressed Abengoa, which filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2015, is Brazil’s largest non-state owned power transmission operator. Its Brazilian operations have total net debts of USD 825m (CNY 5.4bn), of which more than USD 218m (CNY ) are owed to local equipment suppliers in the country, according to the electricity industry association Abinee.

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