RPower gets RBI nod for $2.2 bn loans from US, Chinese banks

RPower gets RBI nod for $2.2 bn loans from US, Chinese banks

New Delhi: Anil Ambani group firm Reliance Power on Friday said it has received Reserve Bank of India’s approval for raising $2.2 billion from the US and Chinese banks, for the 3,960 MW-Sasan power project in Madhya Pradesh.

Of the total amount, $1.1 billion would be extended by Chinese banks, including Bank of China, China Development Bank and Export Import Bank of China, Reliance Power said in a statement.

“The funding from Chinese banks represents the first-ever project financing done by Chinese banks," it added.

The Export Import Bank of United States has also approved funding of $917 million for the Sasan ultra mega power project (UMPP).

“We are delighted that these prestigious financial institutions in the US and China have the confidence in our power generation business and are willing to provide long-term loans to us even in challenging global conditions," Reliance Power CEO J. P. Chalasani said.

“It reduces our cost of debt and widens our source of funding for the Sasan project," he noted.

Sasan Power Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of Reliance Power, is executing the project.

Apart from $2.2 billion, Sasan project has also received $150 million funding from other sources, the statement said.

The first unit of Sasan power project is expected to be commissioned by January 2013.