Canvest WTE (IFC-36962)

  • China
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
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
Jan 14, 2016
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.
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  • Infrastructure
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Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 103.99 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)
$ 137.31 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.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 1068
Converted using 2016-01-14 exchange rate.
Bank Documents
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jul 13, 2017

Disclosed by Bank Jan 20, 2016

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Project Description
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Canvest Environmental Protection Group Company Limited (“Canvest” or “the company”) is a pure-play Waste-to-Energy (“WtE”) provider focused on the development, management and operation of WtE plants. The company’s business traced back to 2003 and the company was listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange in 2014. Canvest’s WtE business operations include both build-own-operate (“BOO”) projects and build-own-transfer (“BOT”) projects and is focused on operating large individual project size at above 1,000 tpd. Canvest has the experience of constructing greenfield projects as well as a track record of upgrading brownfield WtE plants operating on Coal Fluidized Bed (“CFB”) Technology to the Moving Grate Technology in order to meet more stringent emissions standards. The proposed IFC investment of up to HK$465,012,000, which is approximately equivalent to US$60 million Convertible Loan will support the company’s WtE business growth in China in the next two years. The company’s growth strategy entails a two-prong approach of acquiring brownfield projects for upgrade and expansion, and by securing greenfield projects.
Investment Description
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The major shareholders of Canvest include Best Approach (BVI) with 65.1% shareholding and AEP Green Power with 5.2% shareholding. Best Approach (BVI) is indirectly owned by Mr. Lai Kin Man and Ms. Lee Wing Yee, Loretta, the Deputy Chairman and Chairlady of Canvest respectively. AEP Green Power is a Pre-IPO investor in Canvest and is an investment subsidiary of Asia Environmental Partners, L.P. and its parallel fund (“AEP”). AEP is a private equity fund with an investment focus on the renewable energy and environmental services industries in Asia. It was launched in 2008 by Olympus Capital Holdings Asia, a private equity firm.

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