IFC to Finance Hydropower Station in Honduras

The organization will contribute $98 million for the construction of the Hydroelectric Project ‘Vegona’.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The IFC, a member of the World Bank and Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank AG (OeEB) will provide $98 million to fund the largest hydropower project in Honduras, to be built by Compañía Hondureña de Energía Renovable S.A. (COHERSA).

The project will generate 181 gigawatt hours of electricity per year, and will be financed with a principal loan granted by the IFC, and another syndicated one to be provided by the Development Bank of Austria (OeBD).

The Vegona is the first renewable energy project in Honduras to be developed by the IFC. It is expected to start operations in 2013 and will cater to hundreds of homes around the country.

Additionally, the Vegona will help improve the competitiveness and sustainability of Honduran exports, by providing access to clean energy at lower costs.

An article in Ifc.org adds that "the project is expected to generate about 500 jobs in the construction phase alone."

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