Energuate UCL (IFC-45818)

  • Guatemala
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
May 30, 2023
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.
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Energy
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.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 100.00 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.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 175.00 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.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Apr 30, 2023

Disclosed by Bank Apr 20, 2023

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Project Description
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As stated by the IFC, the proposed investment entails a 10-year senior unsecured loan to Energuate for up to US$175 million (including up to US$100 million from IFC). The proceeds of the loans provided by IFC shall be used for financing of the Co-Borrowers’ investment plan for the period June 30, 2022 through December 31, 2025 related to (A) energy loss control and reduction initiatives, and improvements to the existing distribution network to increase the efficiency and reliability thereof, and (B) enabling new distribution lines that will be built by the Co-Borrowers in the future to interconnect mostly users in rural communities located within the established distances of the network per regulatory requirements and per Energuate’s rural electrification plan (aimed to support the GoG’s REP), that will increase the reliability, efficiency, and resilience of the existing network, increase the number of household connections from the existing lines.

Investment Description
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Private Actors Description
A Private Actor is a non-governmental body or entity that is the borrower or client of a development project, which can include corporations, private equity and banks. This describes the private actors and their roles in relation to the project, when private actor information is disclosed or has been further researched.

From the IFC's disclosure:

DEOCSA and DEORSA are two power distribution companies in Guatemala, collectively referred to as Energuate. Energuate is the largest privately-owned power distribution company in Central America based on the network’s geographic coverage and size. Operations consist of installing low and medium voltage distribution lines from nodal electrical substations on public rights of way (RoW) to rural households located within the regulatory threshold of their distribution area, provided these meet RoW access (obtained by the end-user from the local municipality) and technical safety requirements. Energuate presently serves 2.3 million mostly rural customers.

After several private owners, Energuate was acquired by Inkia Energy Group in 2016, granting them rights to operate, extend and maintain distribution services in 20 of 22 Guatemalan departments for a period of 50-years (ending in 2048).

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Energuate Client Energy
- - - - Inkia Energy Parent Company Energy

Contact Information
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General IFC Inquiries - IFC Communications:

Address: 2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20433
Telephone: +1 202-473-3800
Fax: +1 202-974-4384

Borrower - Energuate (Distribuidora de Electricidad de Oriente, S.A. and Distribuidora de Electricidad de Occidente, S.A.):

Paulo Cesar Parra - Chief Executive Officer
Email: pcparra@energuate.com
Address: Diagonal 6, 10-50 zona 10 | Edificio Interamericas Torre Sur Nivel 14 Guatemala
Website: https://www.energuate.com/


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