Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, March 4, 2020 —
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced the signing of a
EUR 303 million financing package for a new gas fired power project in
Côte d’Ivoire. The new plant – called Atinkou – will boost power generation
and supply in a country, where, as of 2017, only 66 percent of the population
had access to electricity. The total cost of the project is EUR 404 million.
The Project consists of a 20-year concession to develop and operate a 390MW
natural gas-fired power plant located about 40 kilometers west of Abidjan.
By using highly efficient combined-cycle turbine technology, the plant
will substantially contribute to reducing Côte d’Ivoire’s generation
costs and GHG emissions, in part, through the displacement of older generation
units. The sponsor of the project is the Eranove Group, a leading industrial
group that manages a number of water and electricity assets in West and
Central Africa. Eranove also owns and operates the 544 MW CIPREL project,
the largest power plant in Côte d’Ivoire.
As Lead Arranger and Global Coordinator, IFC arranged the full debt financing
package of EUR 303 million, which, beyond IFC, was provided by the African
Development Bank (AfDB), the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank FMO,
Germany’s Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), the
Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, which is part of the Private Infrastructure
Development Group, and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OPEC
Fund). In addition to mobilizing the debt, IFC is providing, as part of
the debt package, a EUR 91 million loan for its own account, as well as
interest rate swaps to hedge the project’s interest rate risk.
“Once built, Atinkou will provide affordable power to thousands of homes
and businesses, while helping Côte d’Ivoire meet its goal of transitioning
to greener electricity production. IFC’s investment in the project is
a testimony to IFC’s longstanding commitment to Côte d’Ivoire’s power
sector, which began in 1994, when our partnership with CIPREL began,”
said Linda Rudo Munyengeterwa, IFC’s Regional Industry Director, Infrastructure
and Natural Resources, Middle East and Africa.
“Atinkou builds on the expertise and experience acquired by the Eranove
Group with the CIPREL power plant. It thus shows the strength of Eranove
industrial model based on African expertise and skills. Atinkou also confirms
Eranove leading position as both an independent producer and the delegated
manager of public services in the water and electricity sectors in Ivory
Coast. We want to thank the State of Ivory Coast and the IFC for their
trust which will increase energy generation in Côte d’Ivoire, fostering
the development of the country and in the sub-region” underlines Mr. Marc
Albérola, General Manager of the Eranove industrial group.
Since the 1990s, IFC and the World Bank have been supporting Côte d’Ivoire’s
government in its endeavor to develop its power sector in a financially
sustainable manner. This new round of financing builds on the success of
CIPREL, which has been providing affordable power in the country since
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank
Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private
sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide,
using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities
where they are needed most. In fiscal year 2019, we delivered more than
$19 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging
the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared
prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org
About the Eranove Group
The French industrial group Eranove is a pan-African actor, operating in
the management of public services and the production of electricity and
drinking water. The Eranove Group has been operating in Côte d'Ivoire for
several decades (SODECI, CIE, CIPREL, Awale, Smart Energy), in Senegal
since 1996 and is developing in Mali, Togo, Gabon, Madagascar, Ivory Coast,
Benin, Senegal and the DRC. With a turnover of 597 million euros, 455 million
m3 of drinking water produced, an exploited electrical production capacity
of 1,250 MW and more than 1,000 MW in development, the Eranove Group employs
more than 9,000 people, whose skills and know-how it catalyzes serving
2.2 million customers for electricity and 1.9 million for water (2018 figures).
A responsible player, the Group is committed through its subsidiaries to
all of the challenges of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and to ISO
9001 quality certification, ISO 45001 security and ISO 140001 environment.
The majority shareholder of the Eranove Group is ECP (Emerging Capital
Partners), a pan-African leader in private equity.