Provision of a senior debt financing of up to USD 36 million, in addition to an equity bridge loan of up to USD 14 million, to finance the construction and development of a 200 MW solar PV project located in Kom Ombo, Egypt. The Project will be one of the largest privately developed utility scale solar plants in Egypt and will support the country in increasing its renewable energy capacity.
This project was originally approved by Board in November 2020 and signed in April 2021. Project cost has increased since signing from USD 157 million to USD 178 million, while EBRD financing amounts have not changed.
The Project will further promote private sector participation in the Egyptian power sector and increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix in line with the nationally declared targets. The Project is expected to further improve the environmental characteristics of Egypt's power sector by reducing emissions of local pollutants and CO2, as well as water consumption.
ETI score: 80
The Project will contribute to the "Green" transition quality by adding 200 MW of new renewable capacity to the national electricity grid leading to a reduction in CO2 emissions. The Project will also help in demonstrating a new business model for the provision of solar energy through a public tendering process to achieve a competitive tariff and promote the growth of solar energy as an affordable alternative to conventional energy sources.
ACWA POWER KOM OMBO FOR ENERGY SAE
ACWA Power Kom Ombo for Energy (or the "Project Company") is a special purpose vehicle incorporated in Egypt for the sole purpose of constructing and operating the Project. It is directly owned by ACWA Power Kom Ombo Project Holding Company Ltd., a holding company based in the United Arab Emirates. Ultimate shareholder is ACWA POWER Company - Saudi Listed Joint Stock Company ("ACWA Power").
EBRD Finance Summary
Senior debt financing of up to USD 36 million in addition to an equity bridge loan of up to USD 14 million. The project will be co-financed by other parties.
Total Project Cost
Financing Structure: EBRD offers financing that is not available in the market from commercial sources on reasonable terms and conditions, e.g. a longer grace period than the market average, restricted foreign currency financing etc. Such financing is necessary to structure the project. EBRD offers a tenor, which is above the market average and is necessary to structure the Project,and for the tariff to be economically viable
Risk mitigation: EBRD provides comfort to clients and investors by mitigating non-financial risks, such as country, regulatory, project, economic cycle, or political risks.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (ESP 2019). The construction and operation of a greenfield 200MW PV plant in the desert area of the Aswan governorate will result in environmental and social (E&S) benefits
related to the low carbon transition of Egypt's electricity generation and the creation of employment opportunities. E&S due diligence has been undertaken by external consultants and a visit to the site has been made by ESD staff in 2019, which confirmed that the E&S risks associated with the Project are site specific and readily identifiable, and can be managed through the implementation of a targeted action plan. The E&S Action Plan (ESAP) has been developed and agreed with the Client. A Non-Technical Summary and Stakeholder Engagement Plan have been prepared and are disclosed in both English and Arabic on EBRD's and the Sponsor's websites. The Project is consistent with the GET approach, with a GET share of 100%. The Project is located in a vacant arid land 60km north of Aswan city, adjacent to a 26MW PV plant developed by the New and
Renewable Energy Authority (NREA). The Kom Ombo plant is located approximately 17km north of the Benban solar complex. An E&S Impact Assessment (ESIA) has been completed according to international standards, and included a high-level assessment of the overhead line; considered as an associated facility of the Project. None of the E&S impacts were identified as significant or major and none require immediate attention or additional measures. The majority of the impacts are of minor to negligible significance and are considered typical during the construction and operation of a PV power plant. Land acquisition for the project is not associated with any physical or economic displacement. A comprehensive Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) has been developed for the
project. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, traditional public meetings have not been feasible; therefore, the ESIA consultant adopted an amended public disclosure approach. This entailed distribution of videos describing the project through social media, and obtaining comments through WhatsApp, email and written submissions. The video and supporting documentation were presented in Arabic and are considered a comprehensive and appropriate summary of the ESIA. The Sponsor has an Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) in place, currently being further refined to
include Project and lenders' specific requirements. An ESAP has been developed to capture the required actions to reach full compliance of the ESMS, which include:
- Finalise all project construction E&S management plans and sub-plans to lender standards prior to onsite works commencing, to include:
- Licenced water sources and providers
- Licenced waste (hazardous and non-hazardous) and wastewater service providers and final disposal options, including for hazardous waste
- Broken solar panels disposal/recycling options
- Develop a project-specific human resources (HR) policy
- Develop a gender-based violence and anti-sexual harassment policy
- Develop a labour compliance management plan
- Develop a local content plan
- Develop a worker accommodation plan
The Project will be monitored by lenders' external advisors on a regular basis throughout the construction and operation phases.
Enhanced supply chain due diligence has been conducted for the solar components in accordance with the Management Approach for Solar Supply Chain Risk Management. ACWA Power has provided evidence of a functioning supply chain management system including a number of policies and positon statements stating that ACWA Power has a zero tolerance to labour violations. The supply chain for this particular project, to polysilicon level, has been mapped and will be verified by an independent consultant for point of origin. The Financing Agreement and ESAP requires ACWA Power to maintain due diligence and management procedures for the sourcing of solar modules in accordance with Good International Practice to address the risk of forced labour in their operations and supply chains. To date, the supply chain for this specific project has been mapped to Tier 4 (to the poly-silicon level) which sets a new standard for traceability for EBRD projects.
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