State-run power producer NTPC may approach the government next financial year for permission to raise funds through a follow-on public offer (FPO) to part-finance power equipment purchases worth an estimated Rs 1,50,000 crore.
"NTPC may approach the government next financial year for an offer," a Power Ministry official said.
The state-owned firm currently generates over 32,000 megawatt (Mw) of electricity per annum, but plans to ramp up capacity to 75,000 Mw by 2017.
For this purpose, it is expected to float a Rs 1,50,000 crore international competitive bidding tender to source the power equipment.
However, the stake to be divested by the government and the fresh equity to be offered under the FPO could not be ascertained, as the proposal is still at a nascent stage.
NTPC has already raised over Rs 8,000 crore through its FPO in February this year. The company may also borrow from overseas to fund its expansion plans.
"It may raise money from the overseas market," the official added.
NTPC recently tied up with Japan-based Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ for a $300 million loan to part-finance its ongoing and new projects.
Meanwhile, the Power Ministry is gearing up for the 20 per cent follow-on offer of state-run Power Finance Corporation, which is likely to be launched early next year.
PFC would raise fresh equity to the tune of 15 per cent and the government would divest a 5 per cent stake in the company through the FPO.