Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) awarded the Letter of Intent (LOI) to Tata Power Company Limited informing the company’s selection as the successful bidder to own the licence for the distribution and retail supply of electricity in Odisha’s five circles, together constituting Central Electricity Supply Utility of Odisha (CESU).
The five electrical circles constituting CESU are the areas of Bhubaneswar (Electrical Circle – I and II), Cuttack, Paradip and Dhenkanal. The license is being offered for 25 years initially.
CESU is spread over 30,000 sq km with population of over 1.4 crore and consumer base of 2.5 million. The average demand of CESU is around 1,300 MW with the annual input energy of 8,400MUs (FY 2018). The proposed sale of CESU to Tata Power will be through the formation of a special purpose vehicle entity. Tata Power has been informed that Government of Odisha will own 49% equity stake in the proposed SPV and Tata Power will hold 51% equity with their management.
“Tata Power has several successful public-private partnerships in generation, transmission & distribution in the country. Recently, our focus has been on increasing the Company’s existing footprint in distribution of electricity through Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP) with discoms. This tie up with CESU is the latest such partnership in the distribution business,” said Praveer Sinha, CEO & MD, Tata Power.
“We hope to transform Odisha distribution system with 24 x7 reliable power and unmatched customer services with extensive social engagement using our existing experience in distribution of electricity in Delhi, Mumbai and Ajmer,” said Sanjay Banga, President, T &D, Tata Power.