IFC invests $200m in Guinea’s mining company

September 8, 2016

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has announced a $200m investment package for Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG), a bauxite mining company in Guinea.

IFC’s debt financing will be part of the largest foreign investment in Guinea in recent years.

IFC’s loans, which include $135m loan from IFC’s own account and a $65m loan from IFC’s Managed Co-Lending Portfolio Program, have a tenor of 15 years – triple the typical debt tenor for the private sector in Guinea.

The investment will support an expansion of the Sangaredi bauxite mine that CBG has been operating since 1973.

The Sangaredi mine has some of the world’s largest reserves of high quality bauxite – the primary ore in aluminum, which is used in industries such as aerospace, packaging and transportation, including fuel-efficient vehicles.

Guinea has about 28% of global reserves of bauxite, but the industry faces limited infrastructure and governance issues.

With the Sangaredi mine expansion, CBG is expected to contribute $150m in revenues to the government each year and sustain 2,300 permanent jobs and an additional 2,900 contractors.

IFC’s investment will help fund improvements to shared multiuser infrastructure that is expected to see capacity on the Kamsar-Sangaredi rail corridor increase from the current 15 million metric tons per year to approximately 42 million metric tons per year by the mid-2020s when other potential bauxite projects come on stream.

Philippe Le Houérou, IFC Executive Vice President and CEO, said: “Guinea has been working toward improving conditions to attract investment on a much larger scale.”

“The Sangaredi mine expansion and investments in the Kamsar-Sangaredi rail corridor provides an important opportunity to sustain employment for more than 5,000 staff and contractors while promoting high environmental and social standards. We look forward to working in partnership with CBG and the Government of Guinea to develop the bauxite industry,” he said.

CBG is 51% owned by Halco, a consortium of three major companies active in the alumina and aluminum business: Alcoa, Rio Tinto, and Dadco.

The remaining 49% of CBG is owned by the Government of Guinea.

CBG is already a major contributor to Guinea’s economy, contributing more than 50% of national mining revenues and 4% of gross domestic product.

IFC has to date played a lead role in evaluating environmental and social risks related to the project and will continue in this role to ensure that the Sangaredi mine progresses in a sustainable manner in line with international best practices.

In addition to its engagement in Guinea’s mining sector and separately from the CBG financing, IFC has invested in a new hotel in the capital Conakry and is working to help improve the operational performance of the power distribution company, Electricite de Guinée.

IFC has also been working with the World Bank to enhance transparency and improve management of the mining sector, including through a new One Stop Shop officially launched in July 2016 to streamline permits and approvals. Source: Africa Global Funds