Project detail - JCM SALIMA UK LTD.


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Who is our client

FMO invested in JCM Salima UK Ltd (“Salima”), a company incorporated in the U.K. and 75% owner of JCM Matswani Solar Corp Ltd, a Malawi Special Purpose Vehicle (the “Project Company”) established for the development of a 60 MWac solar PV plant located in the Salima district of Malawi (the “Project”). Infraco Africa Ltd owns the remaining 25% of the Project Company. The Project was developed by InfraCo Africa, JCM Power and Matswani Capital.

Funding objective

FMO’s financing will be used to finance the construction of the Project which will be the first solar PV plant and Independent Power Producer in the country upon its completion. Malawi has abundant solar resource availability and the Project can assist Malawi in diversifying its electricity mix and reducing its reliance on import of fossil fuels.

Why we fund this project

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world with a significant energy shortage. By funding this project, FMO can enable direct economic growth during the construction and operations of the Project and indirect growth by providing reliable electricity supply. The funding touches some of FMO’s key focus segments, Renewable Energy and Inclusive Development and allows FMO to build out renewable energy capacity in a market which is characterized by a power deficit. The Government of Malawi is supportive to renewable energy project development and consequently has created the enabling environment for potential investors and lenders to invest in the sector. The Project is expected to generate an average of 154 GWh of electricity annually.

Environmental and social rationale

The E&S risk of the transaction has been classified as cat B+. The main E&S impacts and risks relate to economic (voluntary) resettlement of current subsistence agricultural land-users and to labour conditions and safety during construction. The transaction fully triggers IFC Performance Standard 1,2,3 and 4. Performance Standard 5 is not triggered, as the Project could not resort to expropriation in their land acquisition and will not cause involuntary restrictions in access to land and/or resources. Performance 6 is triggered to a limited extent, as the Project affected area is modified habitat and impacts on priority ecosystem services are restricted to the agriculture by land-owners selling voluntarily. Performance Standard 7 is not triggered because the communities surrounding the Project are not indigenous peoples. Performance Standard 8 is not triggered beyond the standard chance find procedure requirement. An ESIA, a Stakeholder Engagement Plan and a Livelihood Restoration Plan in accordance with IFC Performance Standards have been completed by an international E&S consultant. Detailed environmental and social development plans are being developed, dedicated community liaison capacity is in place and to be extended with additional EHS management staffing. Outstanding follow-up actions will be captured in an Environmental & Social Action Plan that will be part of the legal agreements.

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Date Total FMO financing
8/28/2020 USD 4.40 MLN
Signing date
Total FMO financing
USD 12.51 MLN
Access to Energy Fund
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)