DFF - Project Green Light II (EBRD-52261)

  • Morocco
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Gharb region
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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
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Oct 21, 2020
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.
SDX Energy Morocco Ltd
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Climate and Environment
  • 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.
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.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 65.00 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 @ EBRD website

Updated in EWS Dec 9, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Dec 4, 2020

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Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

According to bank provided information, the project involves the provision of up to USD 25 million senior secured reserve based loan (with no upstream gas drilling financing) in favour of SDX Energy Morocco Ltd to replace inefficient and polluting heavy fuel oil burners in the region. The facility will have 5 year tenor and will be split into 2 tranches. A committed tranche of USD 10 million will be used to connect local industries to the Company's existing gas fields in the Gharb region. An uncommitted tranche of up to USD 15 million is contingent on SDX Morocco acquiring further natural gas assets in Morocco, which would be monetised through infrastructure investment including the potential usage of state-of-the-art Compressed Natural Gas ("CNG") technology.

The operation will enable SDX Morocco to finance part of its USD 65 million investment plan to expand its operations in Morocco and thus also supports the country's efforts to put gas, alongside renewable energy, at the centre of its decarbonisation plan in response to COP 21 commitments.

Investment Description
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Up to USD 25 million senior secured reserve based loan consisting of committed tranche of USD 10 million and uncommitted tranche 2 of USD 15 million. The commitment of this tranche will be subject to commercial and technical due diligence of additional natural gas assets in Morocco  satisfactory to the Bank and its approval will be delegated to Management.

The transaction will be part of SDX's Morocco USD 65 million capex plan to further expand its operations in Morocco ("the Project").

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.

SDX Energy Morocco Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of SDX Energy Plc listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - SDX Energy Morocco Ltd Client -

Contact Information
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