Cairo Solar (IFC-37776)

  • Egypt
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  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Cairo Solar Farm
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  • Energy
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 86.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 115.00 million
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Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jun 22, 2017

Disclosed by Bank May 5, 2016

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Project Description
The project is a 50 MWac photovoltaic (PV) plant being developed by the Cairo Solar Farm SAE, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) Company formed by a number of shareholders comprising Globeleq (leader with 49% shareholding) (together the "sponsors"). It is understood that the EPC Contractor and O&M provider for this project will be Sterling and Wilson (S&W) together with its parent company Shapoorji Pallonji Group (SPCL), acting on a joint-and-several basis. Globeleq together with Cairo Solar Farm's owners engineer will provide construction management oversight. The total project cost is up to US$108 million with an IFC A loan of up to US$20 million and B loans of up to US$61 million, with the balance covered by equity.The project will be located within Egypt's New and Renewable Energy Agency (NREA)'s 37.5 km2 Benban 1.8 GW PV solar park comprising 39 separate PV plots, situated 12 km west of the nearest village (Benban), and 15 km west of the Nile River. It is close to the Luxor-Aswan road, 40 km northwest of Aswan city, in the Aswan Governorate of Upper Egypt. The project occupies a 0.98 km2 plot (SBN 20-3) located at the center of the Benban PV solar park.
Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Contact Information
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