PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of Engro PowerGen Thar (Pvt.) Limited
Engro Energy Limited (EEL) along with China Machinery & Engineering Corporation (CMEC) has set up first Thar coal based (2 x 330 MW) power plant (Complex) - Engro Powergen Thar (Pvt.) Limited (EPTL). The project achieved financial close (FC) in Apr-16 and COD in July-19. RCOD was June-19 as per PPA and delay LDs may apply for which the company is in discussion with CPPA as this date is exceeded. These LDs will be paid through shareholders' ROE. The primary fuel is Thar Coal; however, the plant can accommodate imported coal. A 30-year coal supply agreement is signed with Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC), which is constructing a coal mine in Thar Block-II. The coal mine’s COD was July-19. Company's both units were successfully connected to and are providing electricity to the grid. The company has successfully provided 903GWh of electricity to the grid from COD to end-Sep 19. The financial strength and experience in the energy chain of the sponsoring companies – EEL and CMEC – is positive to the ratings. The onshore EPC contract is with CERIECO and offshore EPC contract is with CMEC. Comfort is drawn from the experience of these contractors and the involvement of Pakistan and Chinese governments, as this project comes under CPEC. Going forward, the Company’s main focus would be to keep the plant operational. Offtake agreement is with NTDC, which will, upon plant’s availability as per contract, provide capacity payments even if no purchase order is placed. The Government of Pakistan has given payment guarantee against dues from NTDC. The business risk of the company is mitigated as the company has successfully produced electricity on the specifications of Thar coal, which is being used for the first time. Furthermore, the use of CFB Boiler by the Company largely covers the risk of varying lignite quality.
The management’s ability to effectively manage EPC risks and COD provides comfort. Trend in operational profitability would bode well for rating. The availability of Thar Coal is critical. External factors such as any adverse changes in the regulatory framework may impact the ratings.
EPTL, incorporated in September 2014, has set up a 2 x 330 MW Coal-based Power Plant under the 2015 Power Policy. The Company is a special purpose vehicle. It is the first indigenous coal based Power Plant of Pakistan in Thar Block – II, Sindh, for a total cost of USD 1.1bln, having a D/E ratio of 75:25. EPTL's majority ordinary shares are owned by Engro Energy Limited (EEL) (50.1%) and China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC)(35%), while the remaining stake is owned by Habib Bank Limited (HBL) (9.5%) and Liberty Mills Limited (LML) (5.4%). Engro Energy Limited (EEL) is 100% owned subsidiary of Engro Corporation.