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Cover Story | August 2013

Power 20:20 | Tata Power

India's largest private power company, TATA Power has emerged as a diversified power major with presence in the entire value chain of the power generation business. It has been the innovators in power generation with the adoption of new methods of generation.

With an installed generation capacity of 8521 MW in India, Tata Power plans to achieve a capacity of 26,000 MW by 2020. Out of its total installed capacity, the thermal power generation capacity stands at 7,407 MW, while generation through clean sources such as hydro, solar, and wind stand at 1,112 MW.

The company has a presence in all the segments of power sector, viz fuel & logistics, generation (thermal, hydro, solar and wind), transmission, distribution and trading. It has successful public-private partnerships in generation, transmission and distribution in namely--Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd with Delhi Vidyut Board for distribution in North Delhi, Powerlinks Transmission Ltd with Power Grid Corporation of India for evacuation of Power from Tala hydro plant in Bhutan to Delhi and Maithon Power with Damodar Valley Corporation for a 1,050 MW Mega Power Project at Jharkhand. The company has also developed the country's first 4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project at Mundra (Gujarat) based on super-critical technology.

The company also has established global presence in coal mining. It has made strategic investments in Indonesia through 30% stake in coal mines and a geothermal project, in Singapore through Trust Energy Resources to secure coal supply and the shipping of coal, in South Africa through a joint venture called Cennergi to develop projects in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, in Australia through investments in enhanced geothermal and clean coal technologies and in Bhutan through a hydro project in partnership with The Royal Government of Bhutan.

Key Success Factors
Strong project pipeline: TATA power's long terms capacity generation addition plans based on thermal and non conventional sources.

  • Diversified growth: Considering the high dependency on limited reserves of Coal, and environmental concerns, the Company has made investments in the clean tech & Non GHG generation technologies like geothermal, floating solar PV, micro wind, biomass gasification, solar concentrated thermal. The company has been ranked as the second largest power trader with a market share of 13.89%. It has invested $50 million for a 10 percent stake in the Australian company, Geodynamics.
  • Strong financial position: With a net worth Rs 10,039 crore and market cap of $4.2 billion, the company enjoys strong financial position. During the year 2012-13, the company successfully completed an offering of 60-year debentures aggregating Rs 1,500 crores. On a consolidated basis, the long term debt/equity ratio as on March 31, 2013 stood at 2.81.
  • Largest privates sector power generating company in India
  • Presence across the entire power chain, including fuel supply and logistics
  • Since 100 years in the power business
  • Strong presence in the international market
  • First company in India to develop a Floating Solar Power Plant
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