India Infrastructure Fund Buys 23.5% Stake in ONGC Tripura

India Infrastructure Fund Buys 23.5% Stake in ONGC Tripura

New Delhi: An ONGC-promoted company has sold a 23.5 per cent stake to India Infrastructure Fund-II for Rs 426 crore.

With this stake sale, all of the equity of ONGC Tripura Power Co Ltd has been tied up.

Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) will continue to hold a 50 per cent stake in OTPC while IL&FS Energy Development Co Ltd (IEDCL) will have 26 per cent and the Tripura government of 0.5 per cent.

 "ONGC, IEDCL and Government of Tripura, three promoters of OTPC, have entered into definitive agreements with India Infrastructure Fund II by which the latter will be acquiring 23.5 per cent stake in OTPC. The total consideration of the transaction is about Rs 426 crore," the company said in a statement here.

This consummates the equity structure as was envisaged at the time of setting up the project.

ONGC formed OTPC for implementation of a gas based 726.6 MW combined cycle thermal power project at Palatana, Tripura. The project was conceived to utilise the stranded gas reserves of ONGC found in the state so as to aid in the economic progress of the north-eastern states.

The project is backed by a long term gas supply agreement with ONGC, while the power off-take is tied up on long term basis with the seven north-eastern states.

OTPC also owns a 26 per cent stake in North East Transmission Company Limited (NETCL), a joint-venture company of OTPC, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd and the 7 north-eastern states.

NETCL has commissioned a dedicated 665 km long 400KV DC line for evacuation of power from the OTPC plant.

"This investment by India Infrastructure Fund II (through its manager- IDFC Alternatives Ltd) brings on board a credible infrastructure partner, further strengthening the core development theme of the project," the statement said.

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