Russian, Indian Funds To Invest $1 Bn In Hydro Power

The Russian Direct Investment Fund will team up with an Indian partner to invest $1 billion in hydroelectric projects in Asia’s third-largest economy, the head of the Russian state fund told Reuters on Wednesday (10 December).

The RDIF and India’s IDFC, a leading infrastructure investor, will each commit $500 million to projects under a deal to be signed on Thursday during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to overcome India’s chronic power shortages, and the country has vast untapped hydroelectric potential in its northern Himalayan belt.

RDIF head Kirill Dmitriev told Reuters the investments would back projects involving a large Russian hydro-power company but he declined to name the company.

The only large Russian player in this area is state-controlled Rushydro. Rushydro’s spokeswoman Yelena Vishnyakova could not immediately be reached by for comment.

IDFC, which is 16 per cent state owned, confirmed it would sign a partnership with RDIF but declined to comment on the details.

The Russian fund was set up in 2011 with $10 billion in state funds. It can back investments as long as its partners match it at least dollar for dollar. Dmitriev said he expected to commit funds to the Indian projects next year.

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