Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) Wednesday said it has raised $550 million as loan from Japanese banks for part-funding expansion of its petrochemical plant and new gasification unit.
“In continuation of the fund raising programme initiated in 2012-13, RIL has tied up Export Credit Agency (ECA) facility of up to USD 550 million co-financed by JBIC (Japan Bank for International Cooperation) and a group of other Japanese banks,” the company said in a statement.
“This is RIL’s eighth ECA facility for the largest capital expenditure programme it has undertaken. This is the first time that JBIC is extending credit to RIL”, it added.
The 12-year loan will part finance the proposed expansion of RIL’s petrochemical plants and setting up of new gasification unit and refinery off-gas cracker over the next two-three years.
JBIC will provide direct financing of up to $330 million and Japanese banks, supported by a 95 percent Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) insurance cover, will finance up to $220 million.
The participating banks include the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mizuho Bank, and three regional Japanese banks namely The Gunma Bank, The Hachijuni Bank, and The Chiba Bank.
The facility will have a door-to-door tenor of twelve years and will be used to finance contracts for imports of goods and services signed with more than 20 Japanese suppliers, RIL said.