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AIIB Approves Investment In Hydro Power Nepal

Power News - Published on Wed, 12 Jun 2019

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The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s Board of Directors has approved a loan of up to USD 90 million for the Upper Trishuli-1 Hydropower Project, AIIB’s first project in Nepal. The project will increase the country's power generation by almost 20 percent, helping to reduce acute power shortages in the country. This project is one of several steps AIIB is taking to support the development of Nepal’s electricity sector. The Bank has also provided Nepal with USD 900,000 for the proposed Tamakoshi V Hydroelectric Project and USD 1 million for the proposed Power Distribution System Upgrade and Expansion Project from its Project Preparation Special Fund which provides grants to support the preparation of projects in eligible AIIB members. These grants are part of AIIB’s overall efforts in Nepal to increase energy generation capacity, reduce the demand-supply gap, upgrade transmission infrastructure and reduce electricity system losses.

AIIB Vice President and Chief Investment Officer DJ Pandian said that “We recognize that power supply shortages in Nepal have caused significant delays in the restoration of infrastructure and services impacted by the 2015 earthquake. By investing in hydropower and encouraging further private sector investment in the country, we will help drive economic growth and poverty alleviation efforts.”

Cofinanced with the International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank and other development institutions, the project involves a USD 650 million investment, financed entirely by foreign capital. It aims to serve as an example of how to facilitate investments in the sector.

AIIB Director General Dong-ik Lee said that “AIIB’s investment will provide much-needed, long-term financing for a vital infrastructure project. We are confident that our investment will demonstrate the viability of Nepal’s sustainable energy sector to other potential private-sector investors.”

The Upper Trishuli-1 Hydropower Project is a 216-megawatt greenfield run-of-river hydropower plant to be developed on the Trishuli river under a build-own-operate-transfer model. The project will sell power to the Nepal Electricity Authority under a Power Purchase Agreement.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 12 Jun 2019
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