Tata Power To Purchase Shares In Zambia Hydropower Project

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Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, has entered into a Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Tata Africa Holdings (SA) (Pty) Limited for formalising the acquisition of their 50 percent shareholding in Itezhi Tezhi Power Corporation (ITPC), a 120MW hydropower project in Zambia.

ITPC, a 50-50 joint venture with the Zambian parastatal utility ZESCO Limited (ZESCO), is a special purpose vehicle which has been setup to build and operate a 120MW hydro power plant in Itezhi Tezhi district in Zambia.

ITPC has a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement with ZESCO and is expected to commission the power plant by Q4 2015.

The closing will be subject various approvals and consents as required under applicable law.

Speaking on this development, Anil Sardana, CEO & managing director, Tata Power stated, “We are happy to announce our formally acquiring this project in Zambia from Tata Africa, which holds the shares as of now. We hope to leverage each of the African venture and our association to become a relevant local player in African Power system. Through this project, we hope to create value for the people of Zambia whilst maximizing shareholder value in line with our vision. We also hope that with this association we can look forward to forging further relationships in Zambia too”