NTPC to bid for burdened KSK Mahanadi thermal energy mission in Chhattisgarh

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By Calvin S. Nelson

State-owned NTPC will place a bid for the burdened 1,800 megawatt (MW) KSK Mahanadi thermal energy mission in Chhattisgarh, official sources mentioned. KSK Mahanadi is at present present process a company insolvency decision course of (CIRP) on the Nationwide Firm Regulation Tribunal (NCLT).

The corporate defaulted on financial institution loans price Rs 20,000 crore in 2018. The lead lender for the mission is the state-owned non-banking monetary company Energy Finance Company Restricted. Following this, the lenders initiated the debt restructuring by means of haircut and sale of the property. Adani Energy was one of many bidders for the mission nevertheless it withdrew in 2019. The corporate in 2020 was then submitted to the NCLT underneath the Insolvency and Chapter Code (IBC).

Sources mentioned NTPC will probably be bidding for KSK because the union energy ministry is pursuing authorities firms to select burdened property for each non-public and state-owned firms, this paper had reported. In a letter in November 2023, the Ministry of Energy urged the central and state public sector energy producing firms (gencos) and state energy/vitality departments to select initiatives that are present process insolvency proceedings. With an eye fixed on rising energy demand which is pushing states to scout for extra electrical energy sources, the ability ministry is taking a look at a faster turnaround of those burdened crops to boost energy provide.

“It’s requested that the state-owned gencos could also be inspired to take part within the CIRP of burdened energy property, that are of strategic and industrial significance to the capability addition plans of the states involved. It’s pertinent to say right here that the advantage of taking the NCLT route is that the ‘clear state’ precept is embedded within the Insolvency and Chapter Code (IBC), 2016,” mentioned the November 1 advisory of the union energy ministry.

The ministry in its advisory listed 4 property, of which KSK Mahanadi was one. The mission was operational and had energy buy agreements with three states – Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. The corporate defaulted because of a scarcity of coal provide. It was allotted two coal blocks in Chhattisgarh however following a Supreme Courtroom judgement in 2014, the allocation was cancelled. The plant obtained coal linkage underneath the SHAKTI scheme of the Centre however needed to import coal because of a shortfall.

Earlier SBI, which is without doubt one of the largest lenders to the mission, tried to resolve the mission underneath its flagship scheme SAMADHAN. It was aimed on the decision of burdened property outdoors the NCLT. Nonetheless, as a result of reluctance of different lenders and the dearth of consumers, the method was halted and the mission was moved to CIRP.

First Revealed: Jan 31 2024 | 11:31 PM IST

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