Sembcorp unit bags new solar power project in India

Sembcorp Energy India Limited won the bid in a "closely contested" auction conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India.
Sembcorp Energy India Limited won the bid in a "closely contested" auction conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India.PHOTO: SEMBCORP

SINGAPORE (THE BUSINESS TIMES) - Sembcorp Industries' India energy arm, Sembcorp Energy India Limited (SEIL), has clinched a 400 megawatt solar power project through its renewables subsidiary, Sembcorp Green Infra.

The energy and utilities group announced on Friday (Jan 8) that SEIL won the bid in a "closely contested" auction conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

Under the letter of award from SECI, SEIL will develop the project in the northern Indian region of Rajasthan. It is to be connected to the state's transmission utility, Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited.

The project's entire output will be sold to SECI under a 25-year long-term power purchase agreement. It is expected to be ready for commercial operation by mid-2022 and will be funded through a mixture of internal funds and debt, said Sembcorp Industries in its pre-market filing.

Sembcorp Industries' latest project win brings the group's renewables portfolio to over 3,000MW in operation and under development across Singapore, China and India.

According to group president and chief executive Wong Kim Yin, it represents another step towards transforming Sembcorp Industries' portfolio.

"Sembcorp has an established track record in delivering world-class power projects. This is backed by our strong capabilities in development, execution and operations. India is a key market and we will continue to provide sustainable solutions to contribute to the nation's clean energy mission," he said.

SEIL had previously completed the commissioning of 800MW of wind projects awarded from three earlier SECI bids. This makes SEIL the first independent power producer to do so, said the group.

Sembcorp Industries shares closed flat at $1.77 on Thursday.