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Summary of proposed guarantee

Summaries of proposed guarantees are provided prior to Board consideration and before final contract signing, and they are therefore subject to change. Project briefs are disclosed after Board consideration and contract signing and reflect the terms of the project at the time of contract signature. Environmental and Social Review Summaries are provided for projects assigned an Environmental Assessment Category of A or B.

 

Project name
Ashuganj Power Station Company Ltd. (APSCL)
Project ID
10517
Fiscal year
2012
Status
Active
Guarantee holder
HSBC
Investor country
China
Host country
Bangladesh
Environmental category
A
Sector
Power
Date SPG disclosed
September 06, 2012
Project Board date
November 20, 2012
Gross exposure
 $300.0 million
Project type
Non-SIP
Strategic priority area
South-South
IDA
Complex Project
ESRS
Environmental and Social Review Summary for Ashuganj Power Station Company Ltd. in Bangladesh

This summary covers a non-shareholder loan from the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) of Hong Kong SAR, China to Ashuganj Power Station Company Ltd. (APSCL) in Bangladesh. HSBC will coordinate and arrange a $420 million financing package to APSCL for the project. The investor has applied for a MIGA guarantee of up to $300 million for a period of up to 11 years against the risk of non-honoring of sovereign financial obligations. The Ministry of Finance of Bangladesh will provide an unconditional sovereign guarantee covering debt obligations of APSCL under its loan agreement with HSBC.

The project consists of the construction of a 450 megawatt combined cycle gas-fired plant on the basis of a contract awarded by APSCL to a consortium of TSK Electronica y Electricidad S.A. (Spain) and Inelectra International AB (Sweden). This project will replace certain existing units in the Ashunagj facility that will be decommissioned once the new plant is completed.

Environmental Categorization

The project is a category A under MIGA’s Policy on Social and Environmental Sustainability. Click here to view the Environmental and Social Review Summary.

Development Impact

Bangladesh currently faces an acute shortage of power generation capacity. This impairs the country’s economic and social development and constrains growth. The government of Bangladesh has made energy a high priority and recently adopted an updated Power Sector Master Plan, which includes this project. The proposed project will help meet the country‘s growing demand for power, using a domestic gas resource and efficient technology.

The project is consistent with MIGA’s strategic priorities of supporting investment into the world’s poorest countries, complex projects, and South-South investments.

 
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