JSW Energy posts Rs 310.5 cr bet profit in Q3
During the quarter ended December 31, the energy arm of JSW Group suffered a net foreign exchange loss of Rs 61 crore due to rupee depreciation.
"The performance has improved mainly on the back of an increase in generation and better tariff realisation. Besides, the coal prices have dropped, improving our profitability," JSW Energy Vice-Chairman N K Jain told reporters here.
The operational performance during the quarter saw improvement on the back of improved operations of the Barmer unit in Rajasthan while the Vijayanagar and Ratnagiri plants continued to maintain high availability.
The company achieved the highest quarterly net generation of 4,770 million units, despite intermittent backing down of some units during the period, he said.
The average plant load factor (PLF) stood at 91.34 per cent as against 82.30 per cent a year ago.
During the October-December period, the company sold 2,616 million units under merchant sales at an average realisation of Rs 4.25-4.50 per unit. It also generated 221 million units.
"We do not expect much improvement in merchant tariff until there is some clearance on the policy front. We expect the merchant rates to be at the same levels even in the fourth quarter.
"Going forward, we have decided to relook at our portfolio and focus on long-term agreements than merchant sales,"
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