Supporting Renewable Energy throughout Middle East & North Africa

Renewable Energy throughout Middle East & North Africa ( Solar Thermal Magazine ) -Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, July, 2014—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will invest up to $100 million in ACWA Power, which will help the company significantly increase the amount of power it generates from renewable sources and meet growing energy demand throughout the Middle East and North Africa, the southern cone of Africa. 

IFC’s investment will support ACWA Power’s plans to expand into emerging markets where demand for power has prompted governments to plan for heavy investment in the power sector, especially renewable energy, over the next decade. ACWA Power will continue to seek Greenfield power projects, including thermal and renewable energy projects, within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries.

“We are committed to delivering electricity at the lowest possible price to support the social and economic development of emerging economies in MENA,” said Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO of ACWA Power.

In particular, we hope to champion renewable energy in MENA and are excited by the possibilities that this partnership brings.

Mohammad A. Abunayyan, Chairman of ACWA Power, said:

Being one of the few companies globally that has added over 15,000 MW of power generation capacity in the last decade, and one of the world’s largest owners and operators of sea water desalination plants, all in emerging markets, we are proud of this achievement, which has attracted the interest of IFC.

IFC began working with ACWA in 2011, when it financed the company’s expansion into Jordan. IFC is also considering investing with ACWA Power in the 160 megawatt Noor 1 project, in Ouarzazate, Morocco, which is the largest concentrated solar power project in the developing world.

“This partnership will help increase power generation capacity, which will help to meet the increasing demand in emerging markets, especially in MENA,  said Mouayed Makhlouf, IFC Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

ACWA Power’s success in emerging markets should set a strong example to encourage further cross-border foreign direct investments, especially from Gulf countries, to emerging countries within the region and beyond. 

IFC has financed nearly 2,000 megawatts of wind power and more than 650 megawatts of solar power in countries including China, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Jordan, South Africa, Chile and Mexico. Projects funded include many first-mover investors helping to develop viable new markets and establish a track record for others.

About IFC 
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private enterprises in more than 100 countries, we use our capital, expertise, and influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. In FY13, our investments climbed to an all-time high of nearly $25 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs and tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges. For more information, visit www.ifc.org 

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