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Domestic slump-hit Tata Power eyes more presence in S-E and West Asia

Faced with sluggishness in the domestic power sector, Tata Power is looking for opportunities across geographies including the Middle East and aims to have about 5,000 MW overseas generation capacity in coming years.The country's largest private power producer is pursuing opportunities in Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Middle East, South Africa, Bhutan, Georgia and Australia, among others.

'We expect to have around 4,000 to 5,000 MW generation capacity overseas in the next 5-7 years,' Tata Power's Executive Director (Finance) S Ramakrishnan said.

Tata Power, which already has significant interests in Indonesia, South Africa and Georgia, among others, is eyeing a diverse mix of thermal, hydro and renewables portfolio.'Right now, the projects being looked at overseas are not large and have capacities of about 300 to 600 MW... Our investments overseas would depend on the experience in each country,' he said. Currently, Tata Power has an installed generation capacity of 8,521 MW, including 1,111 MW of renewable energy.

'Considering the current (investment) climate in the country (for power sector), some diversification is not a bad idea,' Ramakrishnan said. He was responding to a query on whether the company is looking for overseas opportunities due to problems in the domestic sector.
Indian power sector, that is projected to add around 88,000 MW generation capacity in the current Five-Year Plan period (2012-17), is grappling with multiple woes related to fuel availability, land acquisition and poor financial health of distribution companies.

However, he said that the domestic sector has huge potential. On overseas plans, Ramakrishnan said the company has started feasibility studies for thermal power projects in Vietnam and Myanmar. In each of these geographies, Tata Power is initially looking to have capacity of 600 MW. 'The feasibility studies would take around 15-18 months to get completed and thereafter the development of project would take about three to four years,' he said.
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