CMEC provides $114.89 supplier credit for Phase 1 of 335MW Omotosho Power Plant Project (Linked to Project ID #62130)
Constant 2017 USD
Funding agency [Type]
Export-Import Bank of China [State-owned Policy Bank]
Energy (Code: 230)
Supplier's Credit/Export Seller's Credit
On March 27, 2002, China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC, 中国机械设备工程股份有限公司) signed a $114.89 million supplier credit agreement with the Government of Nigeria for Phase 1 of the Omotosho Power Plant Project. This loan carried the following terms: 12 year maturity, 6 year grace period, and 6% interest rate. It was reportedly collateralized with the proceeds from oil sales. In order to finance its supplier credit agreement with the Government of Nigeria, CMEC secured an export seller’s credit from China Eximbank that covered approximately 65% of the total cost ($170 million) of the project. Phase 1 of 335MW Omotosho Power Plant Project involved the construction of a 335MW gas-fired power plant in Omotosho within Ondo State. Construction began in March 2005. Then, on November 10, 2006, a project company (special purpose vehicle) called Omotosho Power Plc was established to manage the power plant. On April 17, 2007, the power plant was officially commissioned, adding 335 MW of electricity to the national grid. It was originally envisaged that, upon completion, the power project would operate commercially and the proceeds from the sales of electricity would be used for the repayment of the supplier credit. However, implementation delays, gas supply limitations, and insufficient funding at the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) resulted in an accumulation of unpaid invoices to CMEC. The Government of Nigeria eventually defaulted on its repayment obligations under the supplier credit agreement. However, Nigeria’s Debt Management Office (DMO) later assumed responsibility for these obligations. In 2013, Nigeria’s National Council on Privatisation (NCP) approved a debt-equity swap in which CMEC-Pacific would pay $217.5 million for the power plant and the Government of Nigeria would transfer ownership of Omotosho Power Plc to CMEC-Pacific. The DMO then reported in 2014 that it had fully repaid its outstanding obligations to CMEC.
The Chinese project title is 揽的尼日利亚翁多州奥莫托索燃气电厂项目 or 了翁多州（Ondo）的Omotoso电厂项目 or 奥莫托索 or 奥木托硕 or 欧莫托休. This project is also known as the Omotosho I Project or 335MW Omotosho Gas Power Plant Project or the Okitipupa Project. Loan details can be found in the source 'ChinaLoansToAfrica©SAIS-CARI.csv'.Note that Phase 2 of the Omotosho Power Plant Project was not funded by CMEC or China Eximbank.
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Receiving agencies [Type]
China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) [State-owned Company]; Government of Nigeria [Government Agency]
proceeds from oil sales