Mitsui Sells Indonesian Coal Plant Stake to Ratch

Reutersreported that Mitsui & Co will sell off its entire interest in an operator of Indonesian coal-fired power plants as a part of efforts to shrink the carbon footprint in the companys portfolio. Mitsui agreed to sell its 45.5% stake in Paiton Energy to RH International (Singapore), a subsidiary of Thai power producer Ratch Group. The deal includes a transfer of shares in two other affiliated businesses. The transaction is set to close within the fiscal year ending March 2022. Mitsui expects to book a profit from the deal, whose value has not been disclosed.

Mitsui helped launch Paiton Energy with other partners in 1994 as the first major independent power producer in Asia. Paiton Energy now runs three coal-fired plants at the Paiton Power Complex in East Java.

The complex accounted for about half of Mitsuis holdings in coal plants, based on generating capacity. The sale to Ratch Group will cut the share of coal plants in Mitsuis power capacity profile to 11% from 18%.