HNB partners up as lead banker to Sri Lanka’s first waste-to-energy plant
HNB announced a timely partnership with Aitken Spence PLC to serve as lead arranger to a syndicated loan facility for the construction of a revolutionary 10 Megawatt (MW) waste-to-energy power plant. The syndicated funding facility arranged by HNB is for a total sum of Rs. 9.0 billion. Bank of Ceylon, People’s Bank and DFCC will join the syndication with HNB.
Managed by Western Power Company Pvt. Ltd, a member of Aitken Spence Group, the project represents a vital and much needed solution to the current challenges of disposing solid waste within the Colombo Municipal Area. This waste-to-energy plant of 10 MW that is estimated to cost Rs 13.0Bn will daily convert 500-700 metric tonnes of municipality waste into electricity.
The plant will be fuelled by waste collected from the Colombo Municipal Area, which was previously dumped in Meethotamulla and will be relocated in the waste management zone at Kerawalapitiya. Construction of the plant is scheduled in August 2017 and is planned to reach completion by fourth quarter 2019. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new plant was attended by President Maithripala Sirisena and Minister of Mega Polis and Western Development, Champika Ranawaka together with several other prominent ministers, Members of Parliament and various dignitaries representing the project’s varied stakeholder groups.
“HNB is proud to be associated with Aitken Spence Group in this financing transaction that is of national priority. As one of the largest banks in the country, we believe that challenges our growing nation faces today can be solved through strategic partnerships.
“Waste-to-energy power generation is currently one of the world’s most effective and green modes of managing disposal of waste By taking the lead in this vital project, HNB hopes not only to support this strategic investment but also to pave way for the introduction of much needed innovative and cutting-edge technology to Sri Lanka’s power and energy sector.,” HNB’s MD / CEO, Jonathan Alles