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E.ON's Uniper Forms Joint Venture To Tap Indian Power Market

The 50-50 joint venture with India Power Corporation will also provide software to increase plant efficiency, banking on India's reliance on coal and gas power generation, which accounts for nearly 70 per cent of its installed capacity

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Uniper, the power plant and energy trading business German utility E.ON is planning to spin off and list this month, is setting up a joint venture in India to offer services including the operation and maintenance of power stations.

The 50-50 joint venture with India Power Corporation will also provide software to increase plant efficiency, banking on India's reliance on coal and gas power generation, which accounts for nearly 70 per cent of its installed capacity.

No financial details were disclosed.

"Europe has faced many of the challenges that India can expect to see in the years to come," Uniper Chief Executive Klaus Schaefer said.

"Renewables ... will impact the operating regime of conventional power plants with a need for an increased plant flexibility."

Uniper, which has been hit by a drop in wholseale power prices, hopes to export its expertise in plant management through the partnership, aiming to tap new markets and revenue streams before a mid-September listing in which parent company E.ON will spin off more than 53 per cent of the business.

Uniper booked a net loss of 3.9 billion euros ($4.35 billion) in the first half.

(Reuters)