An investment in a green bond issuance of up to USD 340 million (the "Bond"). The Bank's participation will consist of up to USD 100m in the form of a direct subscription in the Bond, and the provision of up to USD 30m stand-by liquidity facility for the benefit of the participating private institutional investors. The Bond will obtain the verified certification from the Climate Bond Initiative (CBI) and will be the first private green renewables-backed bond issued in Egypt.
The Bond proceeds will support a portfolio of six operational solar power plants located in Benban, Egypt (the "Projects").
ETI score: 68
The Transition Impact arises from the Green and Inclusive qualities:
Green - The proposed investment is in an independently certified Green Bond.
Inclusive - The Sponsor will participate in the inclusion programme aimed at increasing access to skills and economic opportunities for young people of the rural areas near Benban in Egypt by introducing a certified training programme for agribusiness entrepreneurs. In addition it will promote workforce diversity by enhancing the role of women in the traditionally male-dominated local economy.
SCATEC SOLAR ASA
The Projects are ultimately owned 51% by Scatec ASA, 25% by Africa 50 and 24% Norfund.
Scatec ASA is a leading renewable power producer, headquartered in Oslo, Norway and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Scatec ASA develops, builds, owns and operates solar, wind and hydro power plants and storage solutions, and has more than 3.5 GW in operation and under construction on four continents.
Africa 50 is an investment vehicle established to help bridge Africa's infrastructure funding gap by facilitating project development, mobilizing public and private sector finance, and investing in infrastructure on the continent.
Norfund is the Norwegian Investment Fund for developing countries, owned and funded by the Norwegian Government. Its role is to assist in building sustainable businesses and industries in developing countries by providing equity capital and other risk capital.
EBRD Finance Summary
Up to USD 100,000,000 for the Bank's direct participation in the Bond
Up to USD 30,000,000 for the unfunded liquidity support standby facility
Total Project Cost
Up to USD 30,000,000
The Bank's additionality is mainly derived from: (i) the Bank is offering financing on reasonable terms and conditions, that is expected to close the funding gap and allows carrying out a successful fund-raising process, (ii) supporting the project's access to the international capital markets in the context of uncertain market conditions by offering an innovative financing structure and providing comfort to international investors, and (iii) the conditionalities obtained by the Bank to enhance inclusion and environmental standards.
Environmental and Social Summary
This project has been Categorised B in line with EBRD's 2019 Environmental & Social Policy. This is a Green Bond capital markets transaction and ESDD will been undertaken by review of publicly available information, the independent Green Bond Principles verification report, any further disclosures made by the provided by the Company, and existing non-MNPI information held by the Bank. The project is high-medium risk due to the use of Bond proceeds for further renewable energy development. The Sponsor and the operational assets included in the transaction are well known to the Bank and the existing assets were developed and implemented in accordance with the Bank's PRs. Furthermore, the Sponsor is actively engaged in the supply chain risk discussions. An ESAP is unlikely to be required however EBRD will require the Sponsor's commitments that all future SPP projects be developed in line with the PRs and EBRD's strategy on management of supply chain risks. This section of the PSD will be updated post-participation.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
The Bank will provide a TC assignment on a cost sharing basis with Scatec to support the inclusion programme, including introducing a certified training programme for agribusiness entrepreneurs and enhancing the role of women in the local economy.
Company Contact Information
+ 47 90 11 09 29
Askekroken 11, 0277 Oslo, Norway
PSD last updated
25 Jan 2022
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