Nachtigal Hydro IPP (MIGA-3608)

  • Cameroon
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Financial Institutions
  • Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 19, 2017
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EDF International SAS
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  • Energy
  • Hydropower
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 205.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ MIGA website

Updated in EWS Feb 26, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Oct 19, 2017

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Project Description

This summary describes a proposed equity investment by EDF International SAS of France into Nachtigal Hydropower Project Company (“NHPC”) in Cameroon. The investor has applied for a MIGA guarantee of up to US$205 million for 15 years against the risk of Breach of Contract. The project consists of the development, construction and operation of a 420 megawatt (“MW”) run-of-the-river hydropower plant on the Sanaga River in the central region of Cameroon, about 65 kilometers (“km”) north-east of Yaoundé.

The availability, reliability and cost of power supply remain important constraints to economic growth in Cameroon. Installed generation capacity of about 1,200 MW is insufficient to meet a demand growing at 7% p.a., and continues to outstrip supply (especially during the dry season) by 80-100 MW. Power outages are quite frequent at 160 hours annually. The Nachtigal project will increase power supply to the national grid at a lower cost compared to other generation expansion options, and it is part of the updated least cost Electricity Sector Development Plan for 2015 – 2035 (PDSE 2035) which was approved by the Government of Cameroon in 2014.

MIGA's proposed support for this investment is aligned with the Agency's strategic priority of supporting investments into countries eligible for concessional financing from the International Development Association.

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