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The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund plays an important role in sub-Saharan Africa's economic development.

The projects we support frequently use advanced technologies in their methods of construction and operation. Such technologies, that are common in the developed world, bring new skills to emerging economies and can significantly improve productivity.

Here you will find the stories of many of the projects we have supported in recent years.

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Accessing more affordable, more reliable electricity for tens of millions of people.

Country: Nigeria / Sector: Power

Raising long-term loan finance can still be difficult in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, as was the case with the 2014 financing of a 450MW gas fired independent power plant in Nigeria. In addition to providing senior and subordinated loans totalling US$30 million, EAIF played a key role in negotiating the loan structure, which significantly contributed towards the project going forward.

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Addax Bioenergy – powering up Sierra Leone

Country: Sierra Leone / Sector: Agribusiness Power

The Addax Bioenergy operation consists of a sugarcane estate, an ethanol refinery and a biomass power plant. At full capacity, the sugar cane harvested from the 10,000 hectare estate will be processed to produce 85,000m3 of bioethanol annually, for export and domestic markets. During operations, the residual fibres from sugarcane processing, called bagasse, is used to fuel a 32MW electricity plant, which will supply up to 15MW of power to the national grid, helping to stabilise the country’s electricity supply.

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Kenya Power and Lighting investment attracts commercial bank support

Country: Kenya / Sector: Power

Regarded as one of the best run utilities in Africa, Kenya Power and Lighting Company is investing US$150 million upgrading, extending and maintaining its electricity transmission and distribution system. The company retails power to all sectors of the Kenyan economy and across the country.

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Ghana’s pioneer project by an independent power producer

Country: Ghana / Sector: Power

Ghana had 2,800MW of installed electricity generating capacity in 2014 with forecast demand expected to be 5,000MW by 2016. Ghana needs power. One hundred and twenty people will have full time jobs when the Cenpower Kpone generating station opens for business.

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Tobene Power is building a new 96MW power plant for Senegal

Country: Senegal / Sector: Power

The Matelec Group, which controls Tobene Power, is developing a EURO124 million 96MW heavy fuel oil power (HFO) station. Signed in 2014, EAIF’s 15 year project loan of EURO25 million aids the company’s diversification and helps demonstrate investor confidence in the Senegal electricity sector.

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Ciprel adds another 120MW to its Cote D’Ivoire power plant

Country: Cote D’Ivoire / Sector: Power

The EURO253 million upgrade of the Ciprel power plant in Cote D’Ivoire included a EURO30 million loan from EAIF, signed in early 2014. Expanding Cote D’Ivoire’s generating capacity is a core component in sustaining post-conflict economic recovery and alleviating poverty.

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Gas pipeline project makes power more affordable

Country: Nigeria / Sector: Power

A US$15million loan from EAIF supported Tower Power’s 2011 US$21.30 million project at Abeokuta in Nigeria. The company’s new 12.5MW electricity generating plant uses local gas previously flared off and wasted.

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