March 30, 2012: Essar Energy plc [LSE: ESSR], the India-focused integrated energy company, today announced that its subsidiary Essar Oil Limited (Essar Oil) has made significant progress with its lenders towards exiting the current Master Restructuring Loan Agreement (MRA), relating to the corporate debt restructuring (CDR) scheme, in respect of its Vadinar oil refinery in Gujarat.
As previously announced on January 18, 2012, under its existing Master Restructuring Loan Agreement entered into in 2004 to finance the construction of its Vadinar refinery, Essar Oil is required to be eligible for the State of Gujarat Government's sales tax deferment scheme by March 31, 2012. It was also announced that Essar Oil was already in discussions with its lenders to exit its CDR and replace the MRA with a new loan facility.
Essar Oil has confirmed that it has made significant progress with its lenders to exit the CDR and expects to enter into a new facility on revised terms.
Given the progress made, Essar Oil has received confirmation from its lenders that there is no breach of covenant until the new loan facility is executed, which will be on revised terms.
Notes to editors:
1. The sales tax requirement relates to the State of Gujarat's Capital Investment Incentive to Premier/Prestigious Unit Scheme, 1995-2000. Essar Oil filed a review petition on February 16 2012 in the Supreme Court of India seeking a review of the court's previous decision on January 17, 2012, to set aside a Gujarat High Court judgement in 2008 permitting Essar Oil to claim a sales tax deferral benefit under this scheme from the Gujarat Government.
2. Essar Oil Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India and is a subsidiary of Essar Energy, which owns 87.1 per cent of the shares.
3. Essar Oil has just completed the $1.81 billion expansion of the Vadinar refinery, increasing its capacity to 18 million metric tonnes per year, or 375,000 barrels per day.
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About Essar Energy
Essar Energy (LSE:ESSR) is a world class, low-cost, integrated energy company with an established track record.
Essar Energy, through its subsidiaries, owns one of India's largest private power producers with 1,600MW of installed capacity and projects under construction to expand its capacity to 9,670MW.
Essar Energy, through its subsidiaries, owns one of India's fastest growing private sector oil and gas companies with a diverse portfolio of exploration and production assets. The Vadinar refinery, located in Gujarat, is India's second largest private sector oil refinery with throughput capacity now of 18 million metric tonnes per annum and with further plans to expand to 20mmtpa by September 2012.
About Essar Group
The Essar Group (the "Group") is a multinational conglomerate and a leading player in the sectors of Steel, Oil, Gas, Power, Communications, Shipping, Ports, Logistics, Construction and Minerals. With operations in more than 25 countries across five continents, the Group employs over 70,000 people, with annual revenues of US$17 billion.
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