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    Reference: 20220821
    Release date: 25 October 2023

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary




    The project consists in the design and construction of a set of inter-related electricity generation, network and storage components during the 2023-2029 period under Cape Verde's National Electricity Masterplan (2018-2040).


    As part of the EU's Global Gateway strategy, EIB Global is supporting this project, which is expected to contribute to the complete phasing out of Cape Verde's reliance on expensive and polluting fossil fuels as its primary source of energy by 2040 at the latest. The project will also ensure that the new storage capacity made available, including via a pumped storage facility, will be dedicated to electricity generated from renewable energy sources. Furthermore, the Project is expected to have a critical indirect effect on the water sector in Cape Verde as most of the country's water supply comes from water desalination, which requires significant energy resources. As a pilot to be potentially replicated in other countries in the West Africa region facing similar "fragmented markets" challenges, the Project is expected to have important regional benefits. In this context, the project is aligned with the EU's regional Multi-Annual Indicative Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa (RIP - 2021-2027) and its Global Gateway initiative to boost sustainable links, including energy links, around the world.




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

    Under Global Europe NDICI guarantee

    Under EFSD+ Guarantee

    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    EUR 120 million

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    EUR 240 million

    Environmental aspects

    If the project was located within the EU its components would fall under Annex I of the EIA Directive (2011/92/EU as amended by Directive 2014/52/EU), which requires an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Annex II of the EIA Directive (2011/92/EU as amended by Directive 2014/52/EU), which requires the competent national authority to determine the need for an EIA. The Project may also include communication, automation and digitization components that may not require EIA screening. The impacts that can be typically expected for some grid components relate to visual impact, impact on flying vertebrates, electromagnetic fields, noise nuisance, and disturbances during construction, SF6 gas, PCBs polyclorinated biphenyls, as well as the possible impacts on protected fauna and flora (Habitats 92/43/EC and Birds 2009/147/EC). The pumped storage facility may have a significant environmental and social impacts as well as water resource impacts that will be reviewed during due diligence. The Project components that will be located in or near protected areas will require appropriate assessments, a condition to their inclusion in the Project. The Project aims at decarbonizing the electricity grid of Cape Verde and it is expected to contribute to climate change mitigation. The Bank will review the Project's potential environmental impacts in detail at appraisal stage.


    The promoter has to ensure that implementation of the project will be done in accordance with the EIB's Guide to Procurement. In particular, the >EIB will require that calls for international tenders will be published in the OJEU in accordance with the EIB's Guide to Procurement.


    Signed - 29/12/2023

    Under appraisal
    28 November 2023
    29 December 2023


    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

    Cape Verde Energy