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    Reference: 20210194
    Release date: 23 April 2021

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary




    The operation is an envelope for financing individual private sector investments into geothermal power generation projects in different countries in the East African Rift region. Sub-operations under the envelope will undergo individual project appraisals and be separately approved for Bank financing.


    The proposed envelope will allow the EIB to provide financing to several projects implemented by promoters active in the geothermal power sector in the region. Eligible projects will typically include greenfield development and brownfield expansions, with proven geothermal resources. Investments in geothermal energy will help diversify base load renewable electricity supply in the region and contribute to the reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to fossil-fuel based alternatives, thereby supporting the sustainable economic development of the East African Rift countries.


    • Energy - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    EUR 80 million

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    EUR 500 million

    Environmental aspects

    The overall environmental impact and the residual environmental risks of the operation are unknown at this stage and will be assessed at the appraisal of individual projects. Potential adverse impacts for these types of projects include involuntary resettlement, impacts on indigenous peoples, community health, safety and security due to construction activities, working conditions, including worker camps, archaeology and cultural heritage sites, landscape and biodiversity. Gender equality and/or women empowerment will also be assessed where relevant. The Bank will require the Promoter to ensure that implementation of the sub-operations, inclusive of associated power transmission lines, and other associated facilities, will be done in accordance with the Bank's environmental and social policy and standards. Cumulative impacts on project level and the possible need for an overall Strategic Environmental Assessment in a specific region or country will be further assessed.


    The Bank will require the Promoters to ensure that procurement procedures for the sub-operations follow the Bank's Guide to Procurement.


    Approved - 17/06/2021


    Before financing approval by the Board of Directors, and before loan signature, projects are under appraisal and negotiation. The information and data provided on this page are therefore indicative.
    They are provided for transparency purposes only and cannot be considered to represent official EIB policy (see also the Explanatory notes).

    Related tags

    Regional - East Africa Energy