by PRIYA VASU/pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
TENAGA Nasional Berhad’s (TNB) wholly-owned subsidiary, TNB Renewables Sdn. Bhd., will acquire a 39% stake from Sunseap Group in a 21.6MW project comprising 5 rooftop solar plants in Vietnam (the Project) from Singapore’s Sunseap Group.
In a filing to Bursa Malaysia today, TNB said this acquisition extends TNB’s collaboration with Sunseap, beyond the Malaysia and Singapore cross border partnership, to capture the rapid growth in the Vietnam renewable energy (RE) market.
The Project has secured the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) under the FiT2 scheme in Vietnam which is intended to promote investments in renewable energy sources through lucrative and above market rate tariffs.
Having achieved commercial operation date in December 2020, all five (5) plants are under 20-year Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with the state-owned utility
company, Vietnam Electricity, to supply clean energy to the country’s national grid. Sunseap currently holds 90% stake in the projects, which will be reduced to 51% upon completion of the 39% stake acquisition by TNB Renewables slated for the first quarter of this year.
Sun Times Energy Joint Stock Company, an existing shareholder of the projects, will continue to own 10% of the equity interest.
The acquisition marks an important milestone for TNB as it expands its international RE footprint into South East Asia.
“Prior to this acquisition, TNB’s global presence in RE consists of a total portfolio of 2,732.3MW in Malaysia (including 2,536.1MW of large hydro) and 666MW across the UK, Turkey and India comprising mainly solar, wind and hydro energy generation assets,” the national energy firm added.
TNB aims to grow its overall RE portfolio to 8,300MW by 2025 (including large hydro).
“This acquisition will serve as a beachhead for TNB to establish a local presence in Vietnam and expand into the rapidly growing RE and utility market in Vietnam. This acquisition builds on our earlier Malaysia-Singapore cross-border collaboration with Sunseap and demonstrates our commitment in transforming TNB into a regional RE and utility player,” said TNB’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Ir. Baharin Din.
Sunseap is one of the top solar rooftop companies in South East Asia and the largest solar company in Singapore with fully integrated solar business including presence in the energy retail segment.
It has a net capacity of 1.2GW across 11 markets and more than 200 assets in various stages of development.
The latest 21.6MW rooftop solar project adds to Sunseap’s 168MW utility-scale solar farm it had built in Vietnam in 2019, and it is currently developing over 650MW of additional projects in Vietnam.