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Sembcorp to invest S$202m in Chongqing power plant JV

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Utilities group Sembcorp Industries has formed a joint venture (JV) to invest in a power plant project in Chongqing, in a bid to grow its foothold in China.

UTILITIES group Sembcorp Industries has formed a joint venture (JV) to invest in a power plant project in Chongqing, in a bid to grow its foothold in China.

Sembcorp has injected equity worth around 925 million yuan or approximately S$202 million for a 49 per cent stake in the JV, a sum financed by internal funds, it said in a Singapore Exchange filing on Wednesday morning.

Chongqing Songzao Coal and Power, a unit of Chongqing Energy Investment Group, owns the remaining 51 per cent stake.

The JV, called Chongqing Songzao Sembcorp Electric Power, operates an existing 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant and is building an adjacent 1,320-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Chongqing's Qijiang District, Anwen Town.

Sembcorp said the total investment value of the two power plants will be around 6 billion yuan or S$1.3 billion, financed by a combination of equity and on-shore long-term financing.

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