ATOME signs finance mandate letter to finance green hydrogen facility

International green hydrogen and ammonia production company ATOME Energy has signed a mandate letter with multilateral investment institution IDB Invest to finance its industrial scale green hydrogen and ammonia facility at Villeta, Paraguay.
ATOME signs finance mandate letter to finance green hydrogen facility
Itaipu dam, Paraguay. Courtesy of ATOME Energy.

As part of the Mandate, IDB Invest has agreed to provide certain grant funding towards the costs of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), with the ESIA being a key step of project development and necessary as a matter of course by all funders before Final Investment Decision (FID).

The Mandate enables IDB Invest to access confidential information and financial resources to conduct all required due diligence, with the project having to conform with the high standards set by IDB Invest’s Policy on key matters such as the IDB Invest Environmental and Social Sustainability Policy. Any project financing decision of IDB Invest is contingent on satisfactory results from the above due diligence and approval by the Board of Directors of IDB Invest.

The 120 MW Villeta project is widely recognised as a key strategic element in Paraguay’s decarbonisation energy plan and is currently the largest green hydrogen and ammonia production project in South America using 24/7 available baseload power. The projected timescale for Final Investment Decision is in Q2 2023 with commencement of full production in 2025. Green hydrogen and ammonia firmly falls into the category of projects within the IDB Invest sphere of interest to promote and finance.

“The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and IDB Invest, the IDB Group’s private-sector arm, provided more than $26 billion in climate financing for Latin America and the Caribbean between 2016 and 2021” said Olivier Mussat, CEO of ATOME. “We welcome IDB Invest’s interest in our 120 MW Villeta project and are grateful  for their immediate support in the project by providing grant funding for the ESIA. IDB Invest’s mandate is an important step in the matrix of our funding strategy, complementary to the ongoing work with our Financial Advisor Natixis and reflective of the increasing incoming interest shown by credible substantial parties in funding Villeta at the project level.”  

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