• Brazil
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Financial Institutions
  • US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
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TechMet Limited
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  • Finance
  • Mining
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 25.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 80.00 million
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Updated in EWS Jan 4, 2021

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Project Description
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DFC will make a $25 million investment (the “DFC Investment”) for the purchase of 13,960 ordinary shares of TechMet. TechMet is an investment platform that holds interests in companies that mine and process various metals critical to technology applications including energy, transportation, and defense. It currently holds equity positions in several technology metal assets. The DFC Investment will contribute a portion of TechMet’s $80 million second round capital raise (“Round 2 Raise”). TechMet will use the DFC Investment proceeds solely for a downstream investment in its Brazilian Nickel subsidiary to support the development and operation of an open pit nickel and cobalt mine in northeastern Brazil (“the Project”).

This Project is expected to have a highly developmental impact through an investment in the development a nickel and cobalt mine in Northeastern Brazil. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IMF estimates that the economy of Brazil is expected to contract by 9.1 percent in 2020, with a slow recovery expected in 2021. The Project, located in one of the least developed portions of the country, will lead to significant impacts through local income, taxes and fees to both the local and federal government, and significant initial and on-going local procurement. The Project Company expects to be an important source of formal employment in the local economy in rural Piauí state, including hundreds of new permanent and construction jobs. With newer technology and improved design, the project’s heap leaching mining process will provide demonstration effects in the country for the mining of nickel and cobalt while expecting to use other natural resources less intensively, including fresh water. At the national level, the Project will increase nickel and cobalt exports, supporting foreign exchange earnings and helping to support a stressed trade balance.

Investment Description
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Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Brazilian Nickel Subsidiary Mining
- - - - TechMet Limited Investor Mining

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