Power Project - Electricity System Upgrade and Expansion (CDB-2016-POWERSURINAME)

  • Suriname
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Nickerie, Coronie, Paramaribo
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Financial Institutions
  • Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 1, 2016
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.
Government of Suriname
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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Loan Amount (USD)
$ 65.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 98.33 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ CDB website

Updated in EWS Jun 22, 2023

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Project Description
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According to the CDB, the project will improve the reliability, capability and operational flexibility of Energie Bedrijven Suriname’s sub-transmission and distribution network on the Energie Voorziening Paramaribo and the Energie Voorziening Nickerie power systems, in the delivery of quality power supply to customers in an efficient manner. Additionally, the project will result in the utilisation by Energie Bedrijven Suriname of self-owned renewable plants for electricity production.

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.

The executing company, namely N.V. Energie Bedrijven Suriname will contribute to the project with USD 16.532 million, and the Government of Suriname with USD 16.793 million.

Private Actors Description
A Private Actor is a non-governmental body or entity that is the borrower or client of a development project, which can include corporations, private equity and banks. This describes the private actors and their roles in relation to the project, when private actor information is disclosed or has been further researched.

As stated by BNAmericas, N.V. Energie Bedrijven Suriname is a public utility company responsible for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity for over 500,000 citizens of the country of Suriname.

According to Bloomberg, Transrail Lighting Limited operates as a power distribution and transmission company. The Company designs, manufactures, tests, and installs towers, conductors, steel and street light poles, street lights, luminaries, refineries, and solar structures. Transrail Lighting serves customers in India.

Universal Cables Limited manufactures wire and cable products. The Company offers power, AAC and ACSR, CATV, LAN telephone switching, and aerial bunched cables, as well as aluminum rods, capacitors, cross linked polyethylene compound, semi-conducting, and other grades of wires. Universal Cables serves customers worldwide.
Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - N.V. Energie Bedrijven Suriname Contractor Energy
- - - - Transrail Lighting Ltd. Contractor Energy
- - - - Universal Cables Ltd. - UNISTAR Contractor Communications

Contact Information
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CDB Team Leaders:

Mr. Daniel Best - Director, Projects Department 
Email: bestd@caribank.org
Phone: +246 431-1710

Ms. Merlyn P. Combie - Division Chief (Ag.), Economic Infrastructure Division
Email: combiem@caribank.org
Phone: +246 431-1659

Executing Agency - N.V. Energie Bedrijven Suriname:

Address: Noorderkerkstraat 2-14, Paramaribo
Email: customerservices@ebs.sr
Website: https://nvebs.com/

Contractors -

Transrail Lighting Limited:

Address: Fortune 2000, A-wing, 5th Floor, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai- 400051, India
Phone: +91-22 - 61979600 / +91-22 - 61979600
Email: corporate@transraillighting.com
Website: https://transrail.in/


Universal Cables Ltd. (UNISTAR):

Addresses -
Madhya Pradesh: Birla Vikas, Satna (M.P.) 485 005
Delhi: 2nd Floor, Wing-B, Commercial Plaza, Radisson Hotel, NH-8, Mahipalpur New Delhi-110037
Phones -
Madhya Pradesh: +91-7672-257121, 127 / 414000
Delhi: +91 11 45538800
Fax: +91-7672-257131 (MP) / +91 11 26779031 (Delhi)
Email: headoffice@unistar.co.in / sales@unistar.co.indelhi@unistar.co.in 
Website: https://www.unistar.co.in/


Complaints about suspected fraud and/or corruption may be submitted to the Office of Integrity, Compliance and Accountability. Allegations may be made by a variety of sources including staff, consultants, contractors, and other persons who may consider themselves participants in, witness to or victims of wrongdoing.

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