Nachtigal Hydro IPP (MIGA-3608)

  • Cameroon
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 19, 2017
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.
EDF International SAS
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Energy
  • Hydropower
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 205.00 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.
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
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed 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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