Tuesday, August 25, 2009

JSW Energy nears coal-supply linkage deal in Indonesia

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JSW Energy nears coal-supply linkage deal in Indonesia
26 Aug 2009, 0624 hrs IST, Pradeep Pandey, ET Bureau

MUMBAI: Sajjan Jindal-owned JSW Energy is close to finalising a coal-supply linkage pact in Indonesia and is also exploring options of acquiring

coal mines in South Africa and Australia, to secure coal supplies for its forthcoming power projects. The company is in the final stages of completing due diligence for a 50-million tonne coal linkage in Indonesia, according to a person close to the development.

JSW Energy has already identified a coal mine in South Africa and is in talks with Australian miners to tie-up fuel linkages for its proposed power plants and for JSW Steel. If the deals are finalised, JSW Energy would get additional coal linkage of 250 mt. Currently, JSW Energy has access to limited coal reserves in India and is largely dependant on imports. Besides making full-fledged acquisitions, JSW Energy is also in talks with the South African government for jointly developing coal mines.

When contacted, joint MD SS Rao said: “We are open to all available overseas options.” He declined to divulge further details as the company has filed a regulatory draft with the Sebi for its forthcoming IPO that aims to raise around Rs 3,000 crore. It has targeted to commission 3,140 mw by the end of 2010. “We may enter the capital market by the end of October , depending on the regulatory approval,” Mr Rao added.

JSW Energy will deploy the proceeds from IPO for developing identified generation and transmission projects, mining ventures and to service debt. It currently generates 560 mw of power from a plant in Karnataka and has 3,090 mw of generating capacity at various stages of implementation. The company has also entered into long-term power purchase agreements with the governments of Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

JSW Energy has plans to import 13 mt of coal for its upcoming power plants at Ratnagiri and Vijaynagar, Karnataka. The company has also secured coal supplies from a block in Orissa where it has a JV with Mahanadi Coalfields, where it would be able to procure around 90 mt in the long term.

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