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Oracle Power tidies up ownership of coal mining lease in Pakistan

Coal News - Published on Tue, 16 Jan 2018

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Proactive Investor reported that Oracle Power PLC saw its shares jump on news it is to take full ownership of the company that owns the mining lease for the Thar coal to power project in Pakistan.

Mr Anthony Scutt chairman of Oracle’s said that "The move to 100% ownership of SCEL is a material development for Oracle, clearing a significant hurdle as the Company moves to financial close.”

Mr Scutt said that “Sindh Koela Limited now stand to benefit alongside existing Oracle shareholders as the project advances and the current disparity between the market valuation and that of the project narrows.”

Oracle will pay GBP 3.6 million to Sindh Koela Limited for the outstanding shares in Sindh Carbon Energy. Of that, GBP 2.2 million will be met through a share placing at at 2.3p per share.

On completion, Oracle will have 100% ownership of the Pakistani operating companies for both mining and power (through Thar Electricity (Private) Ltd).

This was a key demand of the company's potential strategic partners in the Memorandum of Understanding announced in November for the funding and development of the USD 1.6 billion Thar project.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Tue, 16 Jan 2018
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