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Project name
Distribuidoras Electricas de Oriente y Occidente
Project ID
Fiscal year
Not Active
Guarantee holder
Union Fenosa Internacional S.A.
Investor country
Host country
Environmental category
Gross exposure
 $96.6 million
Project type

MIGA is providing insurance coverage for the privatization of two state-run power distribution companies in Guatemala. The $96.6 million guarantee was extended to Union Fenosa Internacional S.A., of Spain, for its equity investment in and loan to Distribuidora Electrica de Oriente S.A. and Distribuidora Electrica de Occidente S.A. The project involves the purchase of 85 percent of shares in the two companies. In addition to assuming management and operational control, the project will help support Guatemala's rural electrification program, a major strategy to address economic imbalances arising from the dearth of electricity in rural areas. The guarantee is protecting the project against the risks of transfer restriction, expropriation, and war and civil disturbance.

By assisting in the implementation of the government's rural electrification program, the project will contribute to the expansion of services to more than 220,000 new customers in underdeveloped areas of Guatemala that have suffered from power shortages and blackouts. The privatization will allow for increased electricity distribution without a substantial addition of generating capacity and for a significant improvement in the delivery of service. The increased reliability and efficiency of power distribution is expected to foster overall economic activity in Guatemala. Moreover, the transfer of skills and technology will result in enhanced customer service, widespread use of metering, and the installation of modern information systems.

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