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Vorotan Hydros (IFC-33450)

  • Armenia
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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  • Hydropower
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Investment Type(s)
Equity, Loan
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 23.80 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Nov 22, 2017

Disclosed by Bank Feb 10, 2014

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Project Description
The proposed project entails the acquisition, operation, maintenance and major electro-mechanical rehabilitation of the 404.2MW Vorotan cascade of hydropower plants (HPPs) along the Vorotan River (together, the “Vorotan Cascade”) in southern Armenia (the “project”), including the following: --76MW Spandaryan HPP, Spandaryan Dam (Embankment type, Mixed Rockfill & Earthfill, 83m dam height), plus Angeghakot Reservoir, commissioned in 1989; --171MW Shamb HPP, Tolors Dam (Embankment type, Sandy gravel Soil, 70m dam height), commissioned in 1979; and --157.2MW Tatev HPP, Tatev Dam (Embankment type, Sandy gravel, 41m dam height), plus Daily Regulation Reservoir, commissioned in 1970.
Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Private Actors
Private Actors Description
Contour Global Hydro Cascade CJSC owns and operates hydroelectric facilities. The company is based in Armenia. Contour Global Hydro Cascade CJSC operates as a subsidiary of ContourGlobal LLC. ContourGlobal LLC currently owns over 30 power generation plants in 17 countries around the world, totaling approximately 3.5 GW of installed capacity and projects under construction. These include thermal (fueled by natural gas, diesel, fuel oil and coal), wind, solar, and hydro types of power generation. ContourGlobal also owns and operates small captive energy generation facilities on-site for commercial beverage bottling companies worldwide. ContourGlobal is a privately-held company that was founded in 2005 by its Chief Executive Officer Joseph Brandt and Reservoir Capital Group, LLC, a New-York based investment firm with over US$6 billion in assets under management.
Contact Information
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