Reliance Infrastructure Ltd wins Arbitration Award against Goa Govt.

26 February,Mumbai


Anil Ambani group company, RelianceInfrastructure Limited on Monday said that company has won anarbitration award of Rs 292 crore against the government of Goa. The Arbitration Tribunal, in its award on February 16, 2018, hasordered Government of Goa to pay Rs 292 crore to RelianceInfrastructure Limited by April 15, 2018., company said in filingwith BSE.

The Tribunal has also ordered payment of interest at 15 percent p.a. on the total award amount if Government of Goa fails to pay theentire award amount by the deadline.

Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission had constituted the Tribunalunder the new rules laid down in 2015. Starting in January 2016, theproceedings of the tribunal were held for about two years and allpleadings and arguments by both the parties were completed in 12 sittings.

The need for arbitration arose due to prolonged non-payment of duesby the Goa Government towards supply of electricity by RelianceInfrastructure Limited from its 48 MW Goa Power Plant in Sancoale.

The total outstanding dues along with interest as on October 31,2017 amount to Rs. 278 crore. The Tribunal has also awarded RelianceInfrastructure interest from October 2017 till the date of theAward, which amounts to Rs. 14 crore.

The contention of Reliance Infrastructure Limited that the rate ofenergy for the period from June 2013 to August 2014 was based on thevarying prices of fuel and dollar exchange rate as was agreed to bythe Goa Government, was upheld by the Tribunal.

The contention of Goa Government that the rated capacity of theplant was to be downrated, right from the second year of operation,for calculation of fixed charges since the parties had alreadyagreed against downrating in 2007, was rejected by the Tribunal, it added.

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