Five-bank consortium pledges Rs 1.2 billion

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    Balefi khola hydro project

    NB-Bank_20141030080554KATHMANDU, OCT 30 – A consortium of five banks and financial institutions (BFIs) led by Nepal Bangladesh Bank (NB Bank) have pledged financing to the 10.6 MW Balefikhola Hydropower Project.

    Other consortium partners are Nepal Investment Bank, Nepal Credit and Commerce Bank, Business Universal Development Bank, and Infrastructure Development Bank.

    These BFIs signed an agreement with the project’s developer Moon-light Hydro here on Wednesday to finance Rs 1.2 billion, according to an NB Bank statement. The total cost of the project stands at Rs 1.74 billion, and the promoters will invest Rs 540 million.

    The project based in Golche and Silaganga areas of Sindhupalchok district has also secured foreign investment from Japan’s E&D Co.

    NB Bank CEO Gyanendra Prasad Dhungana and Moon-light Hydro Chairman Birendra Bahadur Neupane signed the agreement. Neupane said they would start the construction shortly and complete it on time. The project had signed the power purchase agreement with Nepal Electricity Authority on October 30, 2012.

    The project, with a capacity of producing 98 million units of electricity annually, is scheduled to complete by June 15, 2018.

    Source : eKantipur