Power utility PPC’s debt owed to energy market operators as well as project contractors has continued to fall, quelling fears of a debt-reduction slowdown during the country’s second lockdown.
The power utility’s total debt figure is projected to end the year at approximately 600 million euros, down from 900 million euros in July, 2019, a 35 percent drop in a year and a half, according to sources.
The company’s debt reduction is declining at an average rate of 18 million euros per month, driven by an improved collection record for unpaid receivables and better operating profit figures.
PPC’s payments to RES market operator DAPEEP, power grid operator IPTO and distribution network operator DEDDIE have all improved for a complete turnaround compared to a year earlier.
The power utility’s outlay for liquid fuels, natural gas, solid fuels, CO2 emission rights and electricity purchases, down by 678.1 million euros during this year’s nine-month period compared to the equivalent period a year earlier, has been a favorable factor in PPC’s improved results and debt-reduction effort.
PPC aims to further reduce its total debt to a level of between 250 and 300 million euros by the end of 2021.