Gabon - Kinguele Aval Hydropower Project (AFDB-P-GA-F00-008)

Countries
  • Gabon
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Mbei River
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Financial Institutions
  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
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Project Status
Approved
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Bank Risk Rating
U
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Voting Date
Jun 30, 2021
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.
Borrower
Asonha Energie S.A.
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Sectors
  • Energy
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Investment Type(s)
Loan
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 22.00 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.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 20
Converted using 2022-04-04 exchange rate.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 196.34 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.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 178.5
Converted using 2022-04-04 exchange rate.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AFDB website

Updated in EWS Apr 4, 2022


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Project Description
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According to the bank website, the project entails the design, construction, and operation of Kinguélé Aval hydropower plant, with an estimated installed capacity of 34.1 MW and net annual gross output of 203 GWh. The project will be located c. 90 km from Libreville on the Mbei River, located next to the Monts de Cristal (Estuaire region, North - West of Gabon). Two hydro dams, built upstream in the Mbei Valley, are regulating the river namely Kinguélé Amount (57.6 MW), 10km upstream and Tchimbélé (68MW), 50km upstream. All electricity generated by the Project is expected to be sold to the Government of Gabon (“GoG”) on a Take or Pay basis.

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.
Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Gabon Power Company Parent Company -
- - - - Meridiam SAS Parent Company -

Contact Information
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CONTACT INFORMATION

private-sector@afdb.org

ACCESS TO INFORMATION

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