India: Transmission System Strengthening Project (AIIB-000006)

  • India
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Sep 27, 2017
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWEGRID)
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Energy
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 100.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 303.40 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AIIB website

Updated in EWS May 10, 2023

Disclosed by Bank Feb 15, 2017

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Project Description
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The Project will enhance the capacity of electricity supply in the Southern Region of the Country. The proposed project is a subset of the “HVDC Bi-pole Link between Western Region (Raigarh, Chhattisgarh) and Southern Region (Pugalur, Tamil Nadu) – North Trichur (Kerala)”, which comprises following three related schemes to expand the interstate transmission network in western and southern India.

Scheme 1: a +800 kV HVDC link from Raigarh (Chhattisgarh, Western Region) to Pugalur (Tamil Nadu, Southern Region).

Scheme 2: 400 kV transmission segments from Pugalur to 5 other grid substations in Tamil Nadu state.

Scheme 3: +320 kV HVDC link from Pugalur (Tamil Nadu) to Trichur (Kerala).

The three schemes combined will be able to wheel 6.0 GW of power from Chhattisgarh state to the Pugalur hub, then transfer 4.0 GW into Tamil Nadu and 2.0 GW into Kerala. AIIB financing is proposed only for the 400 kV lines included in Scheme 2 (the Project), while the related substations (and Schemes 1 and 3) are to be financed by other financiers.

The Bank has decided to apply ADB’s Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) (ADB SPS) to the project.

POWERGRID is the project executing agency.The Project is expected to increase the availability and sustainability of power supply in the Project area.

Investment Description
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The Project is estimated to cost US $303.47 million. The GoI has requested a loan of US $100 million from AIIB and a loan of US $50 million from ADB to help finance the Project (ADB’s Loan No. and Title: 3365-IND: Green Energy Corridor and Grid Strengthening Project). Any shortfall in the funds required would be covered by POWERGRID.

Private Actors Description
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Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, a central transmission utility, engages in the transmission of power in India. The company is involved in planning, implementation, operation, and maintenance of inter-state transmission system, telecom, and consultancy services.

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) Client -

Contact Information
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Mr. Hongliang Yang
Project Team Leader/Senior Investment Operations Specialist

Mr. Anil Jain
Executive Director, Corporate Planning
Gurgaon 122 001, India
Tel: +91 124 2571960


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