Lahore, June 07, 2023 (PPI-OT): Lucky Electric Power Company Limited ("LEPCL" or "the Company") has set up a 1x660MW (gross) coal-fired power plant. The project achieved COD in March-22 and is successfully connected to and providing electricity to the grid. The primary fuel is Coal; a coal supply agreement is signed with Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC), SECMC will provide the coal from its developing Block-II (Phase III), which will be started in May-24. The previous tentative month was May-23. The Company has also signed imported coal supply agreement with reputable coal suppliers. Currently, plant is generating electricity through the mix of local and imported coal. The Company has generated 1.8mln MWh since Mar'22. The Company has generated a topline of ~ PKR 69.9bln during 9MFY23. Lucky Electric Power Company Limited generated a bottom line of ~PKR 4.8bln during the same period.
Comfort is drawn from the experience of O and M contractor. O and M Contractor, KEPCO Plant Services and Engineering Co. Ltd - Republic of Korea (KPS) has been replaced with M/s Harbin Electric International Co., Ltd. -P.R. China (HEI). Going forward, the Company’s main focus would be to keep the plant operational. The Company has procured short-term financing facilities aggregating to ~PKR 45bln (including the debt instruments amounting to PKR 27bln) for operational needs.
The financial strength and experience in the energy chain of the sponsoring company Lucky Cement - are considered positive for the ratings. Further, the sponsor has given explicit comfort to provide sufficient liquidity support. This is a key consideration in the assigned ratings. However, considering the unusual increase in working capital requirement due to the significant devaluation of PKR, supply chain issues and tariff adjustments LEPCL is striving to manage its need. The offtake agreement is with CPPA-G, which will, upon the plant’s availability as per the contract, provide capacity payments even if no purchase order is placed. The Government of Pakistan has given a payment guarantee against dues from CPPA-G.
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