The US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) has approved up to $50m in direct financing to support the 459MW Azura-Edo power project near Benin City, in Edo State. Key contracts and debt financing agreements were completed early in May, allowing construction to start on the open-cycle gas turbine plant. The project is 97.5% owned by Azura Edo Ltd, whose equity holders are Azura Power Holdings Ltd (50%), which is majority owned by Mauritius-based Amaya Capital and US investment fund American Capital Energy & Infrastructure (ACEI), Macquarie Group and Old Mutual’s African Infrastructure Investment Fund 2 (30%), the UK’s Aldwych International (9.2%), Nigerian asset manager Asset and Resource Management Ltd (6%) and the Netherlands’ FMO (4.8%).