Project detail - VIENTOS DE NECOCHEA S.A.


Status: Approved investment
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Who is our customer

The Project and our client is Vientos de Necochea S.A. (“Malaspina”), a Special Purpose Vehicle created to develop, construct and operate a 37.95MW wind power park in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Sponsor and developer of the Project is Genneia, Argentina’s largest wind power developer.

What is our funding objective?

The expected Total Project Costs are expected to be around USD 84.2m. The objective of FMO’s and EKF’s USD 51mln Senior Loan is to fund the development and construction of the Necochea project.

Why do we fund this investment?

As part of the RenovAr program, Necochea will help to alleviate Argentina’s dependence on fossil fuels and support Argentina’s goal of reaching 20% of electricity produced from RenovAr projects by 2025. By decreasing the reliance on imported fuel and increasing electricity capacity at lower average cost of generation, the project is also expected to contribute to the economic growth of Argentina. FMO together with ICCF will potentially fund this project as there is no commercial long-term funding available.

What is the Environmental and Social categorization rationale?

This is a category B+ project with potential limited adverse social and environmental (E&S) risk and / or impacts that are few in number, generally sitespecific, largely reversible and readily addressed through mitigation measures. While this project has been screened against all Performance Standards, FMO’s E&S due diligence indicates that the investment will have impacts which must be managed in a manner consistent with the construction activities thus triggering the following IFC Performance Standards: • PS 1 - Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts • PS 2 - Labour and Working Conditions• PS 3 - Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention • PS 4 - Community Health, Safety and Security FMO will continue to evaluate the possibility of the following performance standards being triggered: • PS8 - Cultural Heritage – The project area was identified as an area with potential for anthropological findings. Hence, there is a chance find procedure in place and all workers involved in earth works are receiving training. The following performance standards are not triggered: • PS5 - Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement, since there is no physical or economic displacement caused by the project; • PS6 - Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources, since there are no protected/important species, habitats or ecosystem services impacted; • PS7 - Indigenous Peoples, since there are no indigenous people in the project’s area of influence.

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