Naturgy Panama: Prestamo de Capital de Trabajo Covid-19 (IDBI-13111-01)

  • Panama
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • IDB Invest (IDBI)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Jul 7, 2020
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Empresa de Distribucion Electrica Metro-Oeste, S.A. (EDEMET); y Empresa de Distribucion Electrica C
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Energy
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 120.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 120.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IDBI website

Updated in EWS Jun 26, 2021

Disclosed by Bank May 19, 2020

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Project Description
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The transaction consists of a 30-month senior loan  term in favor of Empresa de Distribución Eléctrica Metro-Oeste, S.A. ("EDEMET") and the Empresa de Distribución Eléctrica Chiriquí S.A. ("EDECHI"). EDEMET and EDECHI ("Naturgy Panama" or "Companies") have more than 600,000 residential customers and are responsible for 62.67% of the total energy sale in Panama.

According to the bank, the purpose of the Operation is to finance working capital to the Companies to compensate for the lack of liquidity generated by the deferral of the electric energy bill during the 4-month moratorium period approved by the Government of Panama (Law 152 of May 4 2020) to help end users affected by the economic crisis caused by the global Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19). The beneficiaries of this Operation will be the end users served by the Companies.

Investment Description
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80 millions to EDEMET and 40 to EDECHI

Contact Information
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Para preguntas acerca del Proyecto contactar favor contactar a Naturgy Panama:

Nombre: Cinthya Camargo Saavedra
Titulo: Secretaria de la Junta Directiva
Numero de telefono:+5073157632
Correo electronico:


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