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PACRA maintains Entity Ratings of Orient Power Company (Pvt.) Limited.

Rating Type Entity
(07-Jun-24 )
(09-Jun-23 )
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term AA- AA-
Short Term A1 A1
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

Orient Power Company (Private) Limited (Orient Power or the Company) has been established to set up and operate, combined cycle dual fuel, 212.7 MW net power generation plant, for generation of electricity and onward sale of electricity to the Power Purchaser (CPPA-G). The plant achieved its commercial operations date (COD) on May 24, 2010. The ratings reflect strong business profile of the Company emanating from the demand risk coverage under 30 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed between CPPA-G and the Company starting from the COD. Meanwhile, the Implementation Agreement provides sovereign guarantee for cash flows, given adherence to agreed performance benchmarks (Availability: 90%, Efficiency: 51.2% on gas/RLNG and 48.5% on HSD, subject to annual heat rate degradation and part load curves. During the period under review the Company continues to meet its performance benchmarks. Comfort is drawn from General Electric International Inc. (G.E) which is the Operations, Maintenance and Service (O&M) Contractor having both local and international experience in the energy sector. The primary fuel of the plant is Gas/Re-gasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) which is supplied by Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) and HSD is the backup fuel. Thus, fuel supply risk is considered adequate, pertaining to the meaningful addition of RLNG in Pakistan’s fuel mix. During the period 9MFY24, Orient Power delivered ~343GWh of electricity to the national grid due to lower demand posted by the Power Purchaser. The Company recorded sales revenue of PKR ~14,408mln, with a Net Profit of PKR ~2,607mln. Equity of the Company as of 3QFY24 stood at PKR ~17,992mln. Pursuant to Master Agreement dated 11 February 2021, the Company has revised its ROE in respect of local equity portion (29%) to 17% from 15% with no dollar indexation and in respect of foreign equity portion (71%) ROE has been revised to 12% from 15% with dollar indexation intact. The working capital requirements of the Company are fulfilled through mix of short term borrowing and deployment of internal cashflows. Currently, the Company has arranged amicable working capital lines of PKR ~10,487mln out of which 3% (PKR ~307mln) have been utilized as of 3QFY24. This lower utilization is due to decrease in system demand resulting in lower dispatch requirement by the Power Purchaser. Orient Power has successfully paid its project related debt in March’20.
Upholding operational performance in line with agreed performance levels would remain a key rating driver. Sustained good financial discipline and upholding strong operational performance in line with agreed performance levels remains imperative for the assigned ratings.

About the Entity
Orient Power Company (Private) Limited (Orient Power) - was established in 2003 as a private limited company with capacity of 229MW (Gross ISO), is operating under the Power Policy 2002. Orient Power register office is located in Lahore and plant is located in Balloki, District Kasur. The Board of Directors of Orient Power comprises of seven members, including Mr. Kashif Bashir Rana is the CEO of the company He is a Chartered Accountant with over twenty-five years of post qualification experience, primarily in Power Sector and three years in textile sector. He is accompanied by a team of qualified and experienced individuals.

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