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IFC, IFC Emerging Asia Fund, and EMA Power Invest $175.5 million in Summit Group to Grow Bangladesh’s Power-Generation Capacity

Dhaka, Bangladesh, September 8, 2016— IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, IFC Emerging Asia Fund, an investment fund managed by IFC Asset Management Company (AMC), and EMA Power, a joint venture between Daelim Energy and Islamic Development Bank Infrastructure Fund II, have invested $175.5 million to finance local independent power producer, Summit Group's future power projects in energy-scarce Bangladesh.
Nearly a third of Bangladesh’s 160 million people do not have access to grid-connected electricity. This investment will enable Summit Group to install green-field electricity-generation plants, including a 500 MW dual-fuel combined-cycle power plant and a 150 MW heavy fuel oil-based power plant, to help address the country’s critical energy gap.
Muhammed Aziz Khan, Chairman and Managing Director of Summit Group, said, “The investment, via a newly set up Singapore company, Power International, is part of Summit Group’s plans for raising finance from international markets.  The sizable capital raised from the premier investor group, led by IFC, shows the commitment that these investors have towards Summit Group and Bangladesh.”  
With its Singapore base and support from IFC, IFC Emerging Asia Fund, and EMA Power, Power International aims to attract future rounds of funding from international investors through private and public markets.
Wendy Werner, IFC Country Manager for Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal, said, “IFC, along with other co-investors, will help Summit Group add significant electricity-generation capacity to Bangladesh’s national grid. This is a positive signal to future developers and investors in the Bangladesh power sector.”
IFC previously financed Summit Group-related projects Khulna Power in 1999 and Bibiyana in 2015.
Stephen Vineburg, Chairman of EMA Power, said, “We, along with IFC and IFC Emerging Asia Fund, are glad to support the leading independent power producer in the country to step up to a new level with enhanced access to international capital markets.”  
IFC promotes sustainable growth and private-sector development in Bangladesh by investing in critical infrastructure, boosting financial inclusion, enhancing textiles competitiveness, and supporting reforms to make doing business easier for the private sector. IFC committed $635 million in Bangladesh, in own and mobilized funds across 13 projects, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016.  IFC’s committed portfolio in Bangladesh as of that date was about $1 billion in 47 projects.
About Summit Group
The Summit Group was founded in 1972 and the power business was set up in 1985. Today, the Summit Group has approximately 1500 MW of power generation capacity and is the largest independent power producer in Bangladesh. Its most recently developed power plants, Summit Bibiyana 2 (341MW combined cycle gas turbine) and Summit Meghnaghat (337MW combined cycle gas turbine with dual fuel capabilities), successfully attracted international debt financing from institutions such as IFC; Islamic Development Bank; DEG of Germany; FMO of Netherlands; CDC of UK; and Standard Chartered Bank.      
About EMA Power Investment Limited
EMA Power Investment Limited is a joint venture between Daelim Energy Co., Ltd. and the Islamic Development Bank Infrastructure Fund II. Established in DIFC, Dubai in April 2016, the purpose of EMA Power is to invest and own power generation assets in the IDB member countries.
About IFC Asset Management Company
IFC Asset Management Company (AMC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of IFC, invests third party capital, enabling investors to benefit from IFC’s expertise in achieving strong equity returns, as well as positive development impact in the countries in which it invests. As of July 2016, AMC has raised $9.1 billion of capital across 13 investment funds. For more information, visit .
About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $19 billion, leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit .
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