REC signs 200 million euro loan with German Bank KfW to propel distribution sector reforms

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REC Limited, a Maharatna CPSE under the Ministry of Power, has signed a 200 million Euro loan agreement with the German bank KfW on December 8, 2023. This marks REC’s sixth line of credit under the Indo-German Development Cooperation and demonstrates the corporation’s commitment to enhance the distribution infrastructure of DISCOMs in line with the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) of the Government of India.

This occasion marks a significant step in REC’s ongoing commitment to reform the distribution sector in the country. REC is the nodal agency to implement the RDSS scheme. The government launched the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) to help DISCOMs improve their operational efficiencies and financial sustainability by providing result-linked financial assistance to DISCOMs to strengthen supply infrastructure based on meeting pre-qualifying criterial and achieving basis minimum benchmarks.

The signing event was graced by Ms. Carolin Gassner, Director (South Asia), KfW; Mr. Wolf Muth, Country Director (India), KfW; and Dr. Juergen Welschof, Head of the Division from KfW, along with the officials from the German Embassy. Mr. T.S.C. Bosh, Executive Director (BDM, I&L) along with Smt. Valli Natarajan, Executive Director (SOP) and Mr. Saurabh Rastogi, CGM (BDM) attended the event on behalf of REC.

Executive Director Mr. Bosh explained how the partnership with KfW will help India’s power sector. “This announcement not only showcases REC’s ability to secure strategic partnerships with international financial institutions but also underscores our integral role in driving positive change within the power distribution landscape in India. The collaboration with KfW is expected to have a transformative impact on the operational capabilities and financial resilience of DISCOMs, ultimately contributing to the broader goals of the RDSS scheme and the nation’s power sector reforms.”

REC Limited, a Maharatna CPSE established in 1969, under Ministry of Power, provides long term loans and other finance products for Power-Infrastructure sector comprising of Generation, Transmission, Distribution, Renewable Energy and new technologies like Electric Vehicles, Battery Storage, Green Hydrogen etc. More recently REC has also diversified into the Non-Power Infrastructure sector comprising of Roads & Expressways, Metro Rail, Airports, IT Communication, Social & Commercial Infrastructure (Educational Institution, Hospitals), Ports and Electro-Mechanical (E&M) works in respect of various other sectors like Steel, Refinery, etc. The loan book of REC exceeds Rs 4,74,275 Crore.


PIB DELHI | Alok Mishra / Dheep Joy Mampilly

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