British International Investment

Azura Power

West AfricaInfrastructure

Azura Power Holdings is an investment holding company for independent power projects (IPPs) in Africa. Its other co-shareholders are African Infrastructure Managers, ARM Life and Aldwych International.

The Azura-Edo IPP is a 450 megawatt (MW) open cycle gas turbine power station being constructed near Benin City in Edo State, Nigeria.

This investment was made when British International Investment was named CDC Group.

Our investment

Description of the investment.

CDC provided debt finance to support the construction of the Azura-Edo power plant.

Our investment is helping to boost the supply and reliability of power in Nigeria.

Expected impact

Expected impact of investments made between 2012 and 2018. From 2019 onwards, we have published a fuller set of impact information, assessing each investment against six dimensions of impact.

Despite having Africa’s largest population, Nigeria has one of the lowest per capita electricity consumption rates in the world. Lack of investment in the former state-owned infrastructure has hampered its development and it is hard for businesses to hook up to the grid. Supply outages are also frequent – the agricultural industry is hit particularly hard, as most irrigation lines are powered by electricity – which seriously inhibits the country’s economic growth.

Our investment in the Azura-Edo project will be the first greenfield power plant in Nigeria since the country’s reform of the power sector in 2013 and will provide a much-needed power supply to local communities and businesses.

Its first turbine was connected to the grid in late 2017, with the plant expected to be fully operational in 2018.

Several companies from a wide range of sectors - steel-making, agro-processing, construction, IT and energy - have explored the feasibility of setting up factories in Edo State since the construction of the plant.

As well as creating direct and indirect jobs, our investment sends a strong signal to other potential investors in the country’s power sector.

Reporting and Complaints Mechanism

The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism allows anyone outside BII to report alleged breaches of the business integrity or environmental and social provisions of BII’s Policy on Responsible Investing. This includes breaches made by BII, a BII investee, or a portfolio company of a fund in which BII has invested. The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism Rules are available here. Reports and complaints can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail. See more details on our Reporting and Complaints Mechanism here.

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  • Key facts

    Last updated

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    :
    January 2024
    Project number

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    :
    D131
    Status

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    :
    Active
    Region

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    :
    West Africa
    Country

    The countries from which we derive the value of our investment. Where value is derived from multiple countries, this is indicated.

    :
    Nigeria
    Sector

    We prioritise those sectors that facilitate development and need our capital the most. Our priority sectors contribute towards many of the Sustainable Development Goals. They range from investing in the power infrastructure that will provide people with better access to electricity, to investing in financial institutions that direct capital to the individuals and businesses that need it the most.

    :
    Infrastructure

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    Investment type :
    Debt
    Start date :
    November 2014
    Amount :
    $30m
    Currency of investment :
    USD
    Domicile

    The company or investment fund’s place of incorporation.

    :
    Nigeria

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