BUS Distribution (EBRD-50357)

  • Lebanon
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
Risk rating varies among banks and may refer only to the particular investment and not to the risk for the project as a whole. Projects marked 'U' have an 'Unknown' risk rating at the time of disclosure.
Voting Date
Nov 28, 2018
The estimate day the bank will vote on a proposed investment. The decision dates may change, so review updated project documents or contact the EWS team.
BUTEC Utility Services
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
  • 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, etc.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 20.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 20.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ EBRD website

Updated in EWS Feb 13, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Oct 11, 2018

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Project Description

According to bank documents, the project involves a senior corporate loan of up to USD 20 million to BUTEC Utility Services, a private electricity distribution services company incorporated in Lebanon. The EBRD loan will be used to finance part of the 2018-2021 capital investment programme to be undertaken by the company as per its contract with Electricite du Liban (EdL), the Lebanese state-owned utility company.

Furthermore, the Bank's proceeds will partly finance the Company's investments towards

  1. smartmeters deployment with the goal of installing smart meters with all of the Company's consumers (520k) and
  2. upgrade of the distribution network. This is expected to reduce technical and commercial losses from their current level of 25% to 10-13%.

The Project will improve the Resilience of the Lebanese electricity sector through improving the reliability and efficiency of the distribution grid. The network upgrades and roll-out of smart meters are expected to reduce non-technical losses, improve load shedding management, and increase collection rates. In addition, the Project will improve the economic Inclusion of women in the Lebanese energy sector and close gender gaps in this traditionally very male dominated sector by strengthening Equal Opportunities in the Company's HR policies.

Investment Description
Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Butec Group Holding S.A.L. Parent Company -
- - - - BUTEC Utility Services Client -
- - - - Electricite Du Liban Buyer -

Contact Information

Joumana Najm
+961 1 512 333


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