The proposed deal for Thailand’s energy major PTT Group buying a stake in ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd has been called off, said two people aware of the development.
This comes against the backdrop of ReNew Power announcing a merger with Nasdaq-listed special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) RMG Acquisition Corp. II on Wednesday at an enterprise value of about $8 billion. SPACs are publicly-traded shell companies with no commercial operations, which help unlisted companies go public through mergers, skipping the time-consuming conventional IPO route.
“PTT is now considering investing in renewable energy on many projects in the targeted countries including India. We are still not able to disclose any further information about the projects under study,” a PTT Group spokesperson said in an emailed response.
ReNew Power generates 5.73 gigawatts (GW) through solar and wind assets and has another 4.41GW under development across India.
“ReNew Power was talking to PTT Group at some point. Meanwhile, the SPAC deal moved just very fast, and so there was no time left for that (PTT deal) to move forward. Meanwhile, other opportunities opened up for ReNew Power in the form of this transaction (SPAC),” said one of the two people mentioned above requesting anonymity.
Meanwhile, PTT Group is among those interested in picking a 22% stake in Avaada Energy Pvt. Ltd, in a potential equity deal estimated at $220 million, Mint reported earlier. Avaada Energy, controlled by entrepreneur Vineet Mittal, has an operational portfolio of 1.2GW with a further 4GW under implementation.
PTT’s plans for Avaada reflect growing interest of global oil and gas majors in India’s emerging green economy as the conventional hydrocarbon space undergoes technological disruptions amid a growing focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing.
Italy’s Eni SpA, Norway’s Statoil ASA, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, and Russia’s Rosneft are among other global oil majors that have shown interest in India’s clean energy space.
However, concerns remain. Foreign investors in India’s green energy space are becoming increasingly worried due to regulatory uncertainties in a country that is running the world’s largest clean energy programme. This is due to tariff-shopping by discoms as was seen in the steps taken by Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Punjab.