Sichuan Hongda Group in $3 Billion Investment in Coal and Iron Ore Projects in Tanzania

September 21, 2011

Cleary Gottlieb is representing China’s Sichuan Hongda Group in connection with its joint venture with Tanzania’s National Development Corporation to implement an integrated coal mine and power plant project and an integrated iron ore mine and steel mill project in Tanzania. The two projects, representing a total investment of up to $3 billion, represent the single largest investment venture in East Africa.

Sichuan Hongda Group will hold an 80% interest in the joint venture company, and National Development Corporation, the statutory corporation established to implement projects on behalf of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, will hold 20%. The joint venture agreement and other transaction documents were signed on September 21. Completion of the transaction is subject to various conditions, including approvals from the PRC and Tanzanian governments.