Umeme Capex II (IFC-38598)

  • Uganda
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Voting Date
Dec 9, 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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  • Hydropower
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 25.00 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 @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jun 28, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Sep 22, 2016

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Project Description
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Umeme Ltd. is a regulated electricity distribution company in Uganda, supplying over 800,000 customers mainly located in the semi-urban corridor linking Kampala, Entebbe and Jinja. In March 2005, Umeme was awarded a 20 year concession to manage and operate the assets of Uganda Electricity Distribution Company (UEDCL). The award of the concession was part of Uganda's broader privatization of its power sector, which also involved the unbundling of transmission, distribution and generation, and the awarding of concessions for the operation of its existing generation assets. Uganda's power sector privatization was fully supported by the World Bank Group. Umeme's shares floated on the Nairobi and Kampala stock exchanges; UK based Actis Infrastructure 2 LP has a significant shareholding in the company (14%).In 2009, IFC committed $25 million in debt financing to support Umeme's operations. In November 2012, IFC participated in an Initial Public Offering to support Umeme's rehabilitation and development of its network through additional connections, implementation of a new customer billing system, rolling out a customer call center and work management centers, and expansion of its environmental, health and safety management capacity. IFC also provided a $70 million debt financing to support Umeme's 2013 - 2018 capital expenditure program. The program mainly involves the upgrade and expansion of medium voltage transmission lines and substations and the introduction of pre-paid meters across its customer base. IFC is now proposing to increase its commitment to finance this capital expenditure program by an additional debt financing of $25million (the "project").

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Contact Person: Marie Nassiwa
Company Name: Umeme Limited
Address:2nd Floor Rwenzori House, Plot 1 Lumumba Avenue
Phone: 0312360617


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