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
- Dibamba Power Development Corporation
- Project ID
- Fiscal year
- Guarantee holder
Actis Energy Generation Holdings N.V.
- Investor country
- Host country
- Environmental category
- Date SPG disclosed
- February 20, 2014
- Projected Board date
- April 22, 2014
- Gross exposure
- $36.4 million
- Project type
- Strategic priority area
- ESRS for Kribi and Dibamba Operations in PDF format
This summary covers an equity investment by Actis Energy Generation Holdings N.V. of the Netherlands in Dibamba Power Development Corporation in Cameroon. The investor has applied for a MIGA guarantee of €27 million ($36.4 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 86 megawatt Dibamba heavy fuel oil power plant. Actis will acquire the shares of the independent power producer held by AES. Dibamba Power Development Corporation (DPDC) is currently owned 56 percent by AES and 44 percent by the government of Cameroon. AES Sonel is the sole off-taker of electricity produced by DPDC under a 20-year tolling agreement. The potential for expansion of the facility or conversion of the facility to run on gas is currently being considered.
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 DPDC and boost 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.