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Summary of proposed guarantee

Summaries of proposed guarantees are provided prior to Board consideration and before final contract signing, and they are therefore subject to change. Project briefs are disclosed after Board consideration and contract signing and reflect the terms of the project at the time of contract signature. Environmental and Social Review Summaries are provided for projects assigned an Environmental Assessment Category of A or B.

 

Project name
Kribi Power Development Corporation
Project ID
12242
Fiscal year
2014
Status
Active
Guarantee holder
Actis Energy Generation Holdings N.V.
Investor country
Netherlands
Host country
Cameroon
Environmental category
A
Sector
Power
Date SPG disclosed
February 20, 2014
Project Board date
April 22, 2014
Gross exposure
 $109.3 million
Project type
Non-SIP
Strategic priority area
IDA
Complex Project
ESRS
ESRS for Kribi and Dibamba Operations in PDF format

Project description

This summary covers an equity investment by Actis Energy Generation Holdings N.V. of the Netherlands in Kribi Power Development Corporation in Cameroon. The investor has applied for a MIGA guarantee of €81 million ($109.3 million equivalent) for a period of up to 20 years against the risk of breach of contract.

The project involves the acquisition and potential expansion of the 216 megawatt Kribi gas-fired power plant. Actis will acquire the shares of the independent power producer held by AES. Kribi Power Development Corporation (KPDC) is currently owned 56 percent by AES and 44 percent by the government of Cameroon, and has a generating license for 330 megawatts. The plant runs on natural gas, which is supplied from the offshore Sanaga South gas field in Cameroon. AES Sonel is the sole off-taker of electricity produced by KPDC under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Environmental Categorization

The project is a category A under MIGA’s Policy on Social and Environmental Sustainability. Click here to view the Environmental and Social Review Summary.

Development Impact

Energy shortages and the high cost of electricity have slowed growth in Cameroon for the past 15 years, with an estimated loss in GDP growth of 1 to 2 percent each year. According to the World Bank’s 2007 Investment Climate Assessment, two thirds of manufacturing firms cite power deficiencies as a constraint to doing business, leading to losses as high as five percent of production value on average. The investment will ensure continued operation of KPDC and improve its overall efficiency and reliability.

MIGA’s proposed support for this investment is aligned with the Agency’s strategic priorities of supporting investments into complex infrastructure projects and countries eligible for concessional financing from the International Development Association.

 
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