IFC is considering financing of an 8-year BRL 550mn (approximately US$100 mn) “Super Green” Loan (to be processed under IFC’s UCL framework) to Companhia de Electricidade do Estado de Bahia (“Neoenergia Coelba” or the “Company”) capex plan including network upgrade, expansion and loss reduction projects in 2023 (the “Project”). Neoenergia Coelba, a power distribution company (“DisCo”) is majority-owned by Neoenergia S.A. (“Neoenergia” or the “Sponsor”), which will guarantee the IFC Loan. Neoenergia is one of the largest integrated power utilities in Brazil and is 53,5% owned by Iberdrola as of March 2022.Neoenergia Coelba is the third-largest energy distributor in Brazil in terms of number of clients and the sixth in terms of energy supplied. It operates the concession for distribution of power in 415 of 417 municipalities of the state of Bahia, in the northeast region of Brazil, and two additional municipalities in the states of Alagoas and Tocantins, covering a concession area of 563 thousand km² and reaching more than 6.4 million customers (c.15 million inhabitants). The use of proceeds of the Corporate Loan is aimed at funding the Company's regulatory capital expenditure (“capex”) items only, including network upgrade, expansion and loss reduction projects that are eligible under Neoenergia’s Green Financing Framework, reinforcement, and improvement of the reliability of the electrical system to meet the expected market growth, including substations, renovations and upgrades, as well as automation and telecommunications. The Loan excludes new distribution and high voltage transmission lines.
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