RattanIndia seeks Rs 500cr from lenders to restart Nashik plant

RattanIndia Power is looking to raise Rs 500 crore working capital from its existing lenders to resume 1,350-mw Sinnar thermal plant in Nashik, even as its creditors are working on a resolution plan for the debt-laden company.

The company is looking at resuming operations as it has received an LoI (letter of intent) from Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) for a 25-year power purchase agreement to supply 507 megawatt.

Last year, RattanIndia had restructured the debt of its 1,350 mw thermal plant in Amravati in Maharashtra after roping in Goldman Sachs and Varde Partners, which came on board as equity investors taking over Rs 4,050 crore debt from existing lenders, who had pumped in Rs 6,574 crore into the project.

Commissioned in June 2017, the 1,350-mw Sinnar plant – having a debt of around Rs 7,000 crore – has five units of 270 mw each. The plant was shut for the past two years. The management is keen to restart at least two units to meet the PPA.

“The Amravati plant, where we managed to get one-time settlement offer, was operating efficiently. However, the Sinnar plant is shut due to various reasons. We are looking at a similar OTS model for Sinnar plant but to do that we need to make the plant operational.

“But we don”t have the sufficient funds to restart the plant, therefore we are approaching our lenders for a Rs 500 crore working capital,” RattanIndia Chairman Rajiv Rattan told PTI.

The lenders, including State Bank of India,C entral Bank of India, Punjab National Bank , REC and Power Finance Corporation, have an exposure of Rs 7,000 crore to Nashik plant.

“We need support from banks for a bank guarantee of Rs 200 crore to execute PPA with MSEDCL along with working capital of Rs 500 crore, which is essential for adding value to the asset,” Rattan said.

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