TAQA-led consortium to acquire two Indian hydroelectric plants

02 Mar 2014

A consortium led by TAQA has agreed to acquire two hydroelectric plants in India, making TAQA the largest private operator of hydroelectric plants in India.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – A consortium led by TAQA, the international energy and water company from Abu Dhabi, has agreed to acquire two hydroelectric plants in India, making TAQA the largest private operator of hydroelectric plants in India.

The agreement follows the signing of the UAE-India Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement in December 2013 and a commitment made by the UAE to invest USD 2 billion in India’s infrastructure sector at the first UAE-India High Level Joint Task Force on Investments meeting held in Abu Dhabi in February 2013.

The consortium agreed to purchase the Baspa Stage II and Karcham Wangtoo plants in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, from Jaiprakash Power Ventures Limited, a subsidiary of Indian infrastructure conglomerate Jaypee Group.

TAQA, which holds a 51% stake in the consortium, will have control of operations and management of both facilities under the proposed deal. The remaining equity will be held by one of Canada’s largest institutional investors (39%) and IDFC Alternatives’ India Infrastructure Fund II (10%).

The equity invested by the consortium in the acquisition of the two hydroelectric plants will amount to approximately INR 3,820 crores (USD 616 million ), of which 51% is from TAQA. The consortium will also acquire the assets’ non-recourse project debt.

Frank Perez, TAQA’s Executive Officer and Head of Global Power & Water, said: “India’s economic growth depends on having ample and reliable energy supply. TAQA is pleased to add these two high quality hydro power assets to our growing India business and to support India’s economic growth.”

The two plants have a combined power generation capacity of 1,391 megawatts (MW). Both plants are located in Kinnaur district within two kilometres of each other and share support facilities. They use run-of-the-river technology to convert natural water flow to electricity, eliminating the need for a reservoir. The plants are 35 kilometres from the Sorang hydroelectric plant, in which TAQA acquired a stake last year.

Following the completion of the transaction, TAQA’s gross operational power generation capacity in India will total 1,741 MW, comprised of three hydroelectric facilities and one lignite power plant.

The acquisition is expected to close in 2014 and is subject to regulatory and third party approvals.

This investment will be recognised at the second meeting of the UAE-India High Level Joint Task Force in Mumbai on Monday 3 March 2014 co-chaired by His Highness Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court, and His Excellency Anand Sharma, India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry.

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For further information:

TAQA External Communications, Abu Dhabi

Allan Virtanen
Head of Media
Tel +971 2 691 4894
Mob +971 56 685 2717
Allan.Virtanen@taqaglobal.com

About TAQA

TAQA, meaning energy in Arabic, is the brand name of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC. We are an international energy and water company listed in Abu Dhabi operating in 11 countries across four continents.
We strive to be safe and sustainable, and embrace the challenge of delivering affordable and reliable energy and water. We are proud to align our strategy with Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030, a roadmap for a sustainable economy with a focus on knowledge-based industry.
Our interests lie in conventional and alternative power generation, water desalination, oil and gas exploration and production, pipelines and gas storage. We operate in Canada, Ghana, India, Iraq, Morocco, the Netherlands, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

About IDFC Alternatives

IDFC Alternatives Ltd is an advisor and investment manager of IDFC sponsored funds across infrastructure, private equity and real estate. IDFC Alternatives is one of India’s largest multi-asset class fund managers with assets under management of approximately USD 2.8 billion. IDFC Alternatives has so far received binding commitments of USD 755 million for its second India focused core infrastructure fund, India Infrastructure Fund II ("IIF II"). IIF II is the successor to IDFC’s debut infrastructure fund ("IIF I"), which was raised in June 2009 with a fund size of USD 927 Million from Indian and international institutional investors and which has been fully deployed. Apart from IDFC Limited, the investors in IIF II comprise global institutional investors from North America, Europe, Middle East and UK.