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  • Brazil
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  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Status: Approved
Bank Risk Rating: B
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Board Decision Date: 2016-10-17
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  • Energy
Investment Type(s): Loan
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Investment Amount (USD): $ 150.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD): $ 150.00 million
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Original disclosure @ IFC website
Updated in EWS: 2017-06-22
Disclosure Date: 2016-06-14
Comgas SP

Project Description
The proposed investment is for a up to $150 million (or up to BRL 500 million equivalent) in a BRL-linked A loan to support Comgas' 2016-18 capital expenditure program, adding approximately 100,000 new customers and 1,000 km of distribution network per year.
Investment Description
Comgas is the largest natural gas distribution company in Brazil, with a network of 13,000 km of pipelines covering 177 cities in 80 municipalities in the State of Sao Paulo. The Comgas concession area accounts for approximately 26% of the Brazilian gross domestic product and more than 35% of the energy consumed in Brazil. Comgas serves the following clients: over 1,500,000 residential, 14,879 commercial, 1,100 industrial, 28 cogeneration plants, two thermoelectric plants and 276 gas stations. Comgas’ predecessor companies date to 1872, with its present operations beginning with its privatization in April 1999, when Comgas was acquired by a consortium that consisted primarily of British Gas (BG) and Royal Dutch Shell (Shell). In 2012, Cosan, a Brazilian conglomerate, acquired 60.5% of the company. Despite the acquisition by Cosan, Comgas maintains its name, structure and operational procedures that were implemented by BG. Comgas currently operates under a 30-year concession through 2029, which is extendable by another 20 years.
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