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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Gulf Power Ltd Summary of Proposed Investment

This Summary of Proposed Investment is prepared and distributed to the public in advance of the IFC Board of Directors’ consideration of the proposed transaction. Its purpose is to enhance the transparency of IFC’s activities, and this document should not be construed as presuming the outcome of the Board decision. Board dates are estimates only.

Project description
The project is the development of an 80 MW Heavy Fuel Oil (“HFO”) diesel power plant, including a 66kv interconnector and backup metering equipment on a 20 years build-own-and-operate basis in the Mombasa Road area of Nairobi, Kenya (the “Project”). The project will have a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) with Kenya Power and Lighting Company (“KPLC”), the national transmission and distribution company.

The developer of the Project is Gulf Power Limited (“GPL” or the “Company”), a special purpose company incorporated in Kenya by a consortium of Kenyan investors with a view to enter the power generation business in Kenya. The Project is one of 3 Independent Power Projects (“IPPs”) for which KPLC had sought Expressions of Interests (“EOI”), in June 2009. These IPPs were expected to generate 60-80 MW each using medium speed diesel engines with HFO as the fuel.

The projects were awarded through a competitive bidding process based on the lowest electricity charges. GPL submitted an EOI to bid for the Project. In the final bidding held on December 15, 2009, GPL was the lowest bidder for the development of an 80 MW plant on the Mombasa Road, Athi River Site and on that basis was awarded the concession.

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