News on the Kom Ombo solar project. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), whose president, Odile Renaud-Basso, has just paid a visit to Egypt, has announced the mobilisation of 114 million dollars for its construction. The funds are being mobilised by several financial institutions.
The EBRD is providing $36 million, $18 million from the Opec Fund for International Development (Ofid), $17.8 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB), $23.8 million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and $18 million from the Arab International Investment Bank (AII). This is in addition to the $14 million bridge loan from the EBRD and $33.5 million from the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (Apicorp). The mobilisation of these funds should enable the project developer, Acwa Power, to complete the financing of the Kom Ombo solar power plant.
Green light from Egyptian authorities
The independent power producer (IPP), which will invest 156.4 million dollars, already has all the agreements from the Egyptian government for the construction of the Kom Ombo solar power plant. The facility will be located 20 km from the Benban solar complex. Egypt’s largest solar park has a capacity of 1,650 MWp. The development of this mega project is an illustration of the importance of the private sector in Egypt.
According to the EBRD, the participation of an IPP in the development of the Kom Ombo solar project is the result of a policy dialogue with the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy and the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC). This initiative has benefited from the $3.6 million technical assistance programme, co-financed by the EBRD and the VCF.
This programme aims, among other things, to help EETC manage competitive tenders for renewable energy production. IPPs play a key role in the development of Egypt’s installed solar capacity. Indeed, the Benban solar complex consists of 32 solar plants built entirely by private companies.
Jean Marie Takouleu