RWENZORI HYDRO (PRIVATE) LIMITED
Who is our client
Rwenzori Hydro (PVT) Ltd is a special purpose vehicle incorporated in Uganda to develop, construct and operate a 15MW run-of-river hydro power plant. The project is developed in parallel to the adjacent downstream 6MW Nyamaghasani 2 project. Rwenzori Hydro is in majority owned by a private equity fund managed by Frontier Investment Management Company from Denmark.
The funding is targeted towards the development and construction of the 15MW Nyamagasani I run-of-the-river hydro plant. FMO is the lead arranger for the approximately USD 25 mln senior debt tranche. FMO intends to provide USD 15 mln itself, and catalyze USD 10 mln from another party.
Why we fund this project
The transaction is expected to have a high development impact. It will support the economic development of Uganda and the region. The project is expected to generate 62 GWh clean energy per year, serving the equivalent of 157,580 people and has an annual avoided GHG rate of 32,736 tCO2eq. Uganda is a rapidly growing economy, but suffered from historic underinvestment in the power sector. In Uganda this is among others being addressed by the capacity addition targeted under the GET FiT program. FMO is additional in this transaction by providing debt with a 15y tenor, which is not available on the market in East Africa.
Environmental and social rationale
This transaction has been categorized as Category A, in line with FMO environmental and social risk categorization and mainly due to some resettlement. The main environmental and social risks surrounding the project are normal risks related to the construction activities and respective practices including spoil management, local recruitment of labor, biodiversity protection and resettlement. The major impacts are generated through the Construction Phase (24 months). For this, adequate mitigation plans have been developed. During the Operational Phase, impacts are negligible. FMO feels comfortable with the adequacy of the mitigation measures and the experience of the developer in their successful implementation. The following Performance Standards (“PS”) are triggered by the transaction: PS1: Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts PS2: Labor and Working Conditions PS3: Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention PS4: Community Health, Safety and Security PS5: Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement PS6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources PS 8: Cultural Heritage PS 7 is not triggered because no impacts on local groups qualifying as Indigenous were identified.
- Signing date
- Total FMO financing
- USD 25.51 MLN
Risk categorization on environmental and social impacts, A = high risk, B+ = medium high risk, B = medium risk, C = low risk
Environmental & Social Category
(A, B+, B or C)