(MENAFN Press) Dubai-based Coal & Oil (C&O) Group is pleased to announce that it has secured additional funding of approximately Dhs. 1 billion (US250 million), to complete its 1200mw Independent Power Plant (IPP), presently under construction in Tuticorin, Tamilnadu, India.
Developed in the Tuticorin District, Tamil Nadu, the Mutiara Thermal Power Plant aims to address the 5,000mw power shortage in the state. The plant owes its development to Coastal Energen Pvt Ltd, the power generating Flagship Company of the Coal & Oil Group, and perhaps the region's second-largest private investor, with capital expenditures exceeding Dhs. 4.25 billion (US1.1 billion). The IPP will benefit from close proximity to both a major city (Tuticorin) and major port, as well as excellent road, rail and air connectivity. It is currently the first and only mega project that has commenced out of the 30 which were planned in the past 15 years.
Commenting on the immense potential of the project, Mr. Ahmed Buhari, Founder, President and CEO of the Coal and Oil Group, said, "India, and particularly, the state of Tamil Nadu, is currently facing severe power shortage. Our power project will be able to partly mitigate the hardships being faced by the state. In fact, we have committed to supplying a large part of our generation to the state grid."
Currently, the largest construction in the region, the Mutiara power plant has obtained Dhs. 3.25 billion in funding from a consortium of Indian banks led by the State Bank of India. This latest sanction will contribute to last mile funding and address cost escalation due to recent steep rupee devaluation, among other things. The power plant is slated for completion by June 2014.
Coal & Oil Group is a US 750 million Integrated Energy Company involved in various aspects of Energy supplies, including coal trading, mining, shipping, logistics and power generation. Established in Dubai in 1998, it is one of the largest suppliers of coal to India. Its maiden power project, through its subsidiary, Coastal Energen Pvt Ltd, is a logical extension of the company's core Energy Management.