Reliance Power, JERA ink loan agreement with banks for new power plant in Bangladesh

The project company has now signed a loan agreement for full financing totaling $642 million

Reliance Power, JERA, Bangladesh, Power plant, Meghnaghat, Combined cycle power plant, Japanese energy company, Gas-fired thermal power generation, Anil Ambani, Bangladesh Power Development Board

Reliance Power and Japanese energy major JERA have inked a pact with a group of banks for full financing, totalling $642 million (approx Rs 4,798 crore), for their new gas-fired thermal power generation project in Bangladesh.

Reliance Power and JERA, through their project company, are developing a new 745 MW natural gas combined-cycle power project in Meghnaghat in Bangladesh.

“The project company has now signed a loan agreement for full financing totaling $642 million with a group of banks that includes the Japan Bank for International Cooperation,” Reliance Power said in a regulatory filing.

“The electricity generated will be sold under a long-term power purchase agreement with the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for a period of 22 years from the start of commercial operation,” Reliance Power said.

Anil Ambani, chairman of Reliance Power said this financing tie-up represents one of the largest funding tie-ups for a project in Bangladesh’s power sector.

Reliance Power said, with this loan agreement, all major contracts required for the development of the project have been completed.

“Going forward, Reliance Power and JERA will focus on full-scale construction and work steadily towards achieving commercial operation in 2022,” the company added.

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