$20 Milllion for Nicaraguan Power Grid

A $20 million concessional loan will help enhance power generation and distribution

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Inter-American Development Bank approved a $20 million concessional loan on June 30 to help improve the quantity, reliability and quality of the energy supply required for Nicaragua's sustained economic growth.

Loan proceeds will help make investments in transmission, transformation, and rehabilitation of power plants that are needed to guarantee and enhance supply and meet mid-term demand, and to strengthen the public sector’s institutional framework in the short term in order to boost electricity services.

The new lending is the third assigned to the program, which also seeks to promote the adoption of environmentally sustainable energy alternatives, including renewable sources such as wind power and biofuels.

Nicaragua's program has three components:

* Rehabilitation and expansion of Empresa Nacional de Transmisión Eléctrica's (ENATREL) transmission grid;
* Modernization of renewable energy projects that are the main power sources of Generadora Hidroeléctrica S.A. (HIDROGESA), a subsidiary of Empresa Nicaragüense de Electricidad (ENEL); and
* Adoption of steps to reduce energy losses.

All three components will help improve efficiency in the entire power system, from generation to distribution.

The program is part of Nicaragua's energy sector support strategy that calls for the rehabilitation of the 50-megawatt Santa Bárbara and Centro América hydroelectric plants, transmission and distribution systems improvements, and a series of technical-cooperation projects to develop wind power, biofuels, and energy efficiency programs.

“This program supports the Nicaraguan government’s efforts to create a more diversified and sustainable energy matrix while mobilizing additional co-financing resources and promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation activities,” said José Ramón Gómez, the IDB team leader on the project.

The IDB's lending consists of $10 million from the ordinary capital (OC) and $10 million from the concessional Fund for Special Operations (FSO). The OC tranche is for a 30-year term, with a 5-1/2 year grace period, and carries a variable interest rate; the FSO component is for a 40-year term, with 40 years of grace, and 0.25 percent interest.

The Bank's first loan for the program was approved in December 2007 ($32.7 million) and the second in December 2008 ($40.2 million). The European Investment Bank and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration are also contributing with funding, helping raise a grand total of $144.2 million for the program.

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