Tata Power signs coal supply agreement

Last Updated: Fri, Jul 20, 2012 18:39 hrs

Tata Power, India's largest integrated power utility, on Friday announced that it has signed a long term coal supply agreement with PT Antang Gunung Meratus ("AGM"), a 100% subsidiary of the Indonesian company PT Baramulti Sukses Sarana ("BSSR").

Further, in order to secure the coal supplies, the Company, through its 100% subsidiary Khopoli Investments Limited ("Khopoli"), has also entered into an agreement which gives Khopoli an option, subject to necessary approvals, to take up to a 26% stake in BSSR.

AGM and BSSR own approximately 1 billion tonnes of coal resources in South and East Kalimantan in Indonesia.

Speaking on the development, Anil Sardana, Managing Director, Tata Power said "As a strategy to support our growth agenda, we are happy to have signed this coal supply agreement. It would support our upcoming power projects based on imported coal to be developed over the next 5 years."

Tata Power's existing Indonesia presence includes 30% equity stakes (the "Purchase") in two major Indonesian thermal coal producers, PT Kaltim Prima Coal and PT Arutmin Indonesia, and a related trading company owned by PT Bumi Resources Tbk ("Bumi").

As part of the Purchase, Tata Power has signed an Offtake Agreement which entitles it to purchase about 10 million tonnes of coal per annum.

Additionally, a consortium comprising of Tata Power, Origin Energy and PT Supraco is developing a geothermal project in Indonesia with approximately 240 MW of generation capacity.

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