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Sterlite Grid announces refinancing of India's first Ultra Mega Transmission Project.

February 24, 2015
Sterlite Grid Limited, a subsidiary of Sterlite Technologies Limited has refinanced project loan for India's first 'Ultra Mega Transmission' project - East North Interconnection Company Limited [ENICL] within three months of the project becoming fully operational in November 2014.

The new financing was arranged by Axis Bank, consisting of a long term loan of Rs. 925 crores.

This refinancing is in line with Sterlite's stated objectives of recycling capital for increasing returns on investment. With this transaction, Sterlite has achieved reduction of 175 basis points in the interest cost on per annum basis, but also released more than Rs. 150 Crores after repaying its outstanding debt obligations to the existing financial institutions.

It is the first inter-state private power transmission asset to get refinanced with such favorable terms, reflecting keen interest of financial institutions in funding power transmission projects with stable long-term cash flows. The East-North Interconnection will generate predictable and stable cash flows for more than two decades.

Pravin Agarwal, Chairman, Sterlite Grid Limited, said, "The refinancing arrangement has not only brought down our cost of finance substantially but it has also validated our strategy of capital churning towards growth as a power transmission infrastructure developer. The low risk profile as compared to other segments within the broader infrastructure sector coupled with credibility of our group makes ENICL attractive for the financiers."

Sterlite has six transmission projects in portfolio, out of which, ENICL, India's first Ultra Mega Transmission Project was recently commissioned enabling northern region to import surplus power from North-Eastern & Eastern Regions. ENICL project was identified as one of the highest priority projects by Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO) as it provides critical connectivity for transfer of power from the power plants in the North Eastern (NE) region. It involves establishment of two 400 kV Double Circuit transmission lines. All the other transmission projects are in various stages of development and will be completed soon as per schedule.

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