The India Grid Trust (IndiGrid) has announced it has completed the acquisition of another transmission asset

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The India Grid Trust (IndiGrid), India’s leading infrastructure investment trust, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of another transmission asset – Gurgaon Palwal Transmission Limited (GPTL), from Sterlite Power at an enterprise value of Rs 1080 crore. With this acquisition, the firms’ AUM has increased by roughly 9 percent to Rs 13300 crore.

GPTL is part of the Inter-State Transmission Scheme (ISTS) network and consists of three gas-insulated substations (GIS) with a total transformation capacity of 3,000 MVA and ~270 circuit kilometers of 400 KV transmission lines spread across Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan. This project is built with a substantial focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects. It is a strategic asset for ensuring reliable power supply in the region which may reduce the carbon emissions by reducing dependence on DG sets. The land requirement for this project is also substantially reduced with innovatively designed vertical GIS substation and monopole towers with micro-piling.

The acquisition of GPTL was envisaged as part of the framework agreement that IndiGrid signed with Sterlite Power in April 2019 for the acquisition of three assets upon commissioning. This acquisition has been funded by internal accruals, proceeds from the preference issue done in May 2019 and new debt. With this investment, the firms’ net debt/AUM will be at approximately 53 percent, significantly below the 70 percent leverage threshold as per SEBI InvIT Regulations.

Harsh Shah, CEO of IndiGrid, said that “this acquisition is in line with our strategy to acquire accretive assets with low operating risk and long-term certainty of cash flows. We continue our efforts to increase unitholders’ returns by creating a solid growth pipeline for the future while providing predictable distribution.

GPTL is part of the Inter-State Transmission Scheme (ISTS) network and consists of three gas-insulated substations (GIS) with a total transformation capacity of 3,000 MVA and ~270 circuit kilometers of 400 KV transmission lines spread across Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan. This project is built with a substantial focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects. It is a strategic asset for ensuring reliable power supply in the region which may reduce the carbon emissions by reducing dependence on DG sets. The land requirement for this project is also substantially reduced with innovatively designed vertical GIS substation and monopole towers with micro-piling.

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