Sembcorp unit wins Indian wind power tender

Sembcorp Industries' renewable energy business in India has won a bid for a new wind power project with close to 250MW of capacity.

Sembcorp Green Infra received a letter of award for the project following the country's first national wind power tender, conducted by Solar Energy Corp of India, an entity under India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

The project in Tamil Nadu will be connected to India's Central Transmission Utility. Its entire output will be sold to Power Trading Corporation under a 25-year long- term power purchase agreement.

The project is expected to be developed in phases and fully commissioned in the second half of the Indian financial year ending March 31, 2019, according to Sembcorp Industries yesterday.

It said the total project cost is estimated to be around 19 billion rupees (S$414 million), which it expects to fund through a mixture of internal funds and debt.

Mr Sunil Gupta, managing director and chief executive of Sembcorp Green Infra, said: "We will be locating the project in Tamil Nadu, a high-wind state, and plan to work closely with suppliers and contractors to deliver the project successfully."

Sembcorp said the project strengthens its presence in India's power market, as well as its growing international renewable energy portfolio. The Sembcorp group has over 3,800MW of power capacity in operation and under development in India, comprising both thermal and renewable energy assets.

It added that globally it is expanding its renewable energy business as part of a balanced portfolio of high-efficiency thermal, renewable and energy-from-waste projects. It has over 2,000MW of renewable energy and energy-from-waste capacity in Singapore, China, India and Britain, including wind, solar and biomass power assets.

The company said the Tamil Nadu contract is not expected to have a material impact on its earnings per share and net asset value per share for the financial year ending Dec 31 this year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2017, with the headline 'Sembcorp unit wins Indian wind power tender'. Print Edition | Subscribe