An Energy Skilled and former Main Govt of the Ghana Countrywide Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Mr Alex Mould has chided government’s assertion that it built around $7billion cost savings from the cancellation of some Power Buy Agreements (PPA)’s signed erstwhile in President Mahama’s administration.
He claimed a PPA is signed in between Impartial Electrical power Plant (IPP) investor and the offtaker (in this circumstance Electric power Company of Ghana (ECG)), and that no where was Federal government straight a celebration to that arrangement.
He disclosed that government “is only associated when the investors’ financiers demand a guarantee to mitigate political risk.”
In accordance to him, considering the fact that government was not obliged to give these kinds of political possibility assist to the IPP advancement, “in the sort of a Governmemt Consent and Support Agreement (GCSA) or in more recent times a Place/Call Choice Agreement (PCOA), until of training course the federal government required a individual IPP developed, all the PPAs would expire worthless as no IPP could be developered without having the express assistance of govt”
In his newest educative series on challenge funding, the Strength and Finance skilled mentioned a PPA was not the stop of the transaction but somewhat a needed prerequisite to get the investor’s financiers intrigued in commencing the acceptance method.
Mr Mould said that because the IPP buyers had not reached a monetary investment decision to transfer ahead with the IPP assignments they thus experienced not committed economically to the undertaking and that, “this can not be claimed to be costing the Govt of Ghana significantly, allow on your own $7B (USD).”
“How then does cancelling a amount of PPA’s when Investors’ financiers have not dedicated to these IPPs (with no mention of accompanying Federal government Consent and Aid Arrangement/PCOAs), help you save the Authorities of Ghana so substantially dollars?” he queried.
Mr. Mould who is also the previous Executive Director of Regular Chartered Bank said these kinds of “references are disturbingly deceptive to the community, and can only be alleged possibly from a solid point of ignorance of the total system or basic political maneuvering – or equally.”
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PPA CANCELLATION: – NO Discounts Created – ALEX MOULD
In current instances, there have been discussions about the recent administration’s means to conserve the folks of Ghana USD7 billion by terminating some of the Power Buy Agreements (PPAs) signed with Independent Electricity Producers (IPP)’s in the course of the previous administration less than H.E John Mahama.
These PPAs – initiated by the Electric power Business of Ghana (ECG) and accredited by PURC had been entered into with the purpose of resolving the electric power disaster at the time (Dumsor) – are remaining portrayed as some of the reckless agreements the NDC govt entered into and which the NPP Govt is searching for to rectify.
In buy to decipher the validity of this claim, it is vital to keep educated on the in general method and nuisances surrounding any IPP investor’s ability to acquire financing for a electrical power plant job finish-to-stop.
A single must also realize the position of vital agreements in the price chain of these types of Energy Order Agreements (PPAs), Government Consent and Guidance Agreements (GSCAs) and so forth., and value the roles of essential contributors these kinds of as Off-Takers, Funding Institutions/Creditors, Government, etc.
To kick off the funding approach, an intrigued IPP investor need to establish its capability to raise the necessary undertaking funding to ECG. Even though performing this, the IPP trader should concurrently convince its financing companions (i.e. banks/monetary establishments) of its means to make a stable Off-Taker agreement with a credible power Off-Taker i.e. ECG.
This dynamic predicament of balancing these two adjoining perform streams (1: Show assure of financing functionality 2: Give assurance of credible off-acquire) results in a recognized “chicken and egg” scenario for the IPP trader i.e. which 1 will come initial?
To transfer forward in the approach and be taken very seriously by its financing partners, the IPP investor ought to work diligently to enter a signed PPA with Off-Taker (i.e ECG).
This PPA permits for necessary thanks diligence pursuits needed by funding associates (i.e. banks) to start, which include investigating validity of desire, and the creditworthiness of the counterparty (i.e. ECG) to satisfy its obligations.
To demonstrate the “chicken and egg” realities embodying this early stage of the procedure, please observe that ahead of entering the PPA, the Off-Taker (ECG) also seeks to comfort from the financial establishments backing the IPP buyers, and takes advantage of these interactions to assess the IPP investor’s overall money whir-withal to achieve fiscal shut, identified as Financial Investment Conclusion (FID), to convey the IPP enhancement to fruition
Pursuing the prerequisite of obtaining a sound PPA with ECG, financing companions of the IPP trader opinions the country’s political chance, and most probably will involve govt aid in the kind of a Federal government Consent and Guidance Agreement (GCSA) or a Place/Connect with Solution Agreement (PCOA)).
This arrangement is important if the economical institutions think, as in the usual apply in creating nations around the world, that there is a high probable of interference by Authorities (current or foreseeable future administrations) which may jeopardize the IPP investor’s means to fulfill its obligations to them.
Made use of as a mitigation arrangement in between the IPP investor and key Off-Taker, this settlement mainly areas a stress on the Authorities to make the IPP investor whole, if there is a default prompted by the authorities or any of its businesses i.e. Public Utility Regulatory Commission(PURC) or, if there is Governing administration interference on pricing and or payments due from Federal government – a popular observe in our elements of the entire world.
To partake in a sound GCSA /PCOA with any critical IPP buyers, it is typical expertise that the Government of Ghana was unable to instill the extensive-time period self confidence essential independently, and needed the backing of renowned credit worthy progress monetary institutions these types of as Earth Lender, AfDB for the tenor needed (approximately 15 several years). In other phrases, any serious IPP investor, jointly with its fiscal companions, who entered into a PPA with ECG from 2006 onwards, would not be able to build the Impartial Ability Plant in Ghana unless it had supportive assurances designed by the Authorities of Ghana’s (which would have to be credit rating-enhanced by a advancement lender these kinds of as Planet Bank or AfDB).
Take for occasion the eniGhana Sankofa-Gye-Nyame gasoline challenge as a need for assistance of the E&P gasoline advancement task, the Environment Bank was also required to guidance the financing of the 4 IPPs to off-choose the fuel to develop electrical power (Gasoline2Ability) by backing the PCOA issued by government necessary for the funding of the IPPs, the PCOAs issued by Federal government of Ghana was credit history increased (i.e supported) by the Environment Financial institution.
In this project, the Planet Financial institution acted in two important roles – as credit score enhancer to the selected IPP and also to the SGN Gasoline Venture immediately . With out this revolutionary arrangement, the project would not have been executed.
Remember to be aware that when a PPA is signed among an IPP investor and ECG, Federal government is not obliged to give a PCOA unless the Authorities finds it vital to do so i.e. unless Government wishes that unique IPP designed.
Supplying the absence of creditworthiness, and typical worries to get well full execution fees that have plagued the power field for years, no Independent Ability Producer (IPP) trader will endeavor to construct an IPP without having distinct assist by Govt (GCSA/PCOA).
In limited, with no a GSCA or a PCOA no IPP can be formulated irrespective of the toughness of the PPAs signed among ECG and IPP investor.
So, a PPA on its own – with out a GCSA/PCOA – is only a preliminary prerequisite, in a incredibly long negotiating approach.
A PPA on its personal does not ensure the monetary backing of an IPP trader, and is applied by IPP buyers to merely kick-get started the course of action of garnering early desire of economical establishments in the probable chance. And generally, a timeframe is stipulated in a PPA for the investor to attain remaining expense final decision (FID) from its money establishments following all the above due diligence has been completely undertaken
In actuality, only about 6/7 PPA’s have resulted in government backing these developments by the issuance of a GCSA/PCOA considering that 2008, and just about every GCSA/PCOA also has been credit score improved (supported) by a AAA credit score enhancement economic organisation this kind of as the Globe Financial institution or AfDB (all over again, at the ask for of the Federal government of Ghana).
How then does cancelling a quantity of PPA’s (with no point out of accompanying GCSA/PCOAs), save the Govt of Ghana so a lot income?
These PPAs which have not attained a monetary financial investment final decision to go forward with the IPP investment, are unable to be costing the Authorities of Ghana substantially, enable by itself USD7bn .
This kind of references are disturbingly misleading to the public, and can only be alleged both from a sturdy stage of ignorance of the over-all process, political maneuvering – or both of those.
Acquiring a PPA is not the close of the transaction but alternatively the starting of the transaction and a extensive negotiation process.
It is our obligation to hold the Citizens of Ghana educated.