Supreme Court order on Sales Tax Case
January 17 2012: Essar Energy (Dusseldorf: 11224817.DU - news) plc's [LSE: ESSR] subsidiary Essar Oil Limited (BSE: ESSAROIL.BO - news) today made the following announcement to the Bombay Stock Exchange:
Today, the Hon'ble Supreme Court has set aside the judgment of the Gujarat High Court by which Essar Oil was entitled to avail of Sales Tax Deferment Scheme, ie, to pay Sales Tax to the State government in deferred installments. The company has availed of approximately INR 6.4 billion (approximately US$1.25 billion) of Sales Tax benefit which was to be paid in deferred installments.
The company will provide further information in the matter after studying the judgment passed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court.
Notes to editors:
2. The Supreme Court of India set aside the earlier judgment of the Gujarat High Court that extended time to Essar Oil Limited for the commencement of commercial production of the Vadinar Refinery. Under the original incentive scheme the Vadinar refinery was required to commence commercial production by 15 August 2003 but the actual commencement of commercial production was after this date. Sales tax collected to date totals approximately US$1.25 billion.
3. 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.
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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 currently being expanded from 14.7 million metric tonnes per annum to 18mmtpa by March 2012, 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 (Berlin: HQL.BE - news) . 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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