In 2017, CDC made a $39 million debt investment into TPC alongside the American DFI Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) for a total financing of $89 million.
This investment will provide much needed baseload power to a country which experiences regular outages.
It is CDC’s first investment in Guinea, the first sizeable investment made by a British investor in Guinea, and Guinea’s first independent power project.
Guinea is one of the poorest countries in Africa. Just over a quarter (28 per cent) of the 12.4m population have access to electricity and chronic power cuts have previously led to civil unrest. The country has vast and underdeveloped hydropower resources but currently only 400MW of installed grid capacity, dropping to as low as 150MW of reliable power.
Eighty-four per cent of businesses in Guinea experience electrical outages, suffering four electrical outages a month, resulting in a 5 per cent loss of annual sales.
The TPC project will provide a medium-term and mid-priced power solution to support the country’s post-Ebola economic recovery until further hydropower resource comes on stream.
This privately funded power project, designed to deliver international environmental standards, will be a strong signal to attract other international investors to the country.
Environmental and social aspects
We worked closely with the company to develop its construction management and operational plans to meet international environmental and social standards in the following areas: construction, employment, working conditions, health and safety, and air emissions.
Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.
- Africa, West Africa
We have seven priority sectors. However, we continue to invest outside these sectors, largely in the most challenging regions, as new investment supporting any sector helps to underpin the private sector, and create jobs and livelihoods for people.
- Investment type
We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).
- Direct Debt
- Start date
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- November 2017
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