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A&O advises the European Investment Bank on the financing of hydrogen-powered renewable energy plant

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Driss Bererhi

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Bennis Zineb
Zineb Bennis

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04 October 2021

Allen & Overy advises the European Investment Bank on the 170 million euros financing of the world’s first and largest baseload renewable energy power plant using hydrogen technology in French Guiana (CEOG Project), closed by Meridiam, HDF and SARA.

The project is the world's first and largest baseload renewable energy power plant using hydrogen technology and is set to provide year-round supply for the equivalent of 10,000 homes in Guiana 24 hours a day and prefigures the future of renewable energies by eliminating their intermittency through energy storage.

Combining a photovoltaic plant and mass storage of energy through a hydrogen chain, CEOG is the alternative to a classic diesel power plant as it only uses solar energy and water, and produces electricity and steam only thus avoiding greenhouse gases, noise and particles. 

Siemens Energy SAS and Siemens Energy Global GmbH & CO. KG will be acting as the constructor, with a targeted commissioning date scheduled for April 2024. The operation phase will then last for a period of 25 years secured with a long-term power purchase agreement with EDF SEI as offtaker.

The complex hybrid financing comprising long term senior debt, equity bridge loan, tax credit bridge loan and debt service credit facility is made available by development banks and leading commercial banks (Agence Française du Développement, BPIfrance, European Investment Bank, BNP Paribas, Crédit Industriel et Commercial and SMBC Bank International PLC). The project also benefits from ADEME subsidies.

The Allen & Overy Paris team advising the European Investment Bank consisted of Driss Bererhi (partner) and Zineb Bennis (associate).

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