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SocGen, US Ex-Im team up for Cameroon water project
SocGen, US Ex-Im team up for Cameroon water project
Oliver Gordon
2 April 2015

French bank Société Générale (SocGen) has joined forces with the Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Ex-Im) to finance the development of an emergency water treatment project in the Cameroonian city of Yaoundé, TXF has learnt.

China Aircraft Leasing lands its first ECA-backed financing
China Aircraft Leasing lands its first ECA-backed financing
Dalia Gebrial
2 April 2015

Chinese aircraft lessor China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC) has completed its first aircraft financing backed by an export credit agency (ECA) guarantee – a $224 million facility guaranteed by UK ECA UK Export Finance (UKEF).

Enel bags debut KfW IPEX-Bank loan for South African wind farm
Enel bags debut KfW IPEX-Bank loan for South African wind farm
Dalia Gebrial
1 April 2015

German development bank KfW IPEX-Bank is providing a ZAR2.1 billion loan ($180 million) to the South African subsidiary of Enel Green Power (Enel). This is the first loan granted by KfW IPEX-Bank to the Italian renewable energy company.

SMBC serves up NEXI-backed loan for Tanzanian power project
SMBC serves up NEXI-backed loan for Tanzanian power project
Dalia Gebrial
31 March 2015

Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) is providing Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO), the country’s national power company, with a $117 million loan for the Kinyerezi power project.

Update: Emirates set to close UKEF-backed sukuk
Update: Emirates set to close UKEF-backed sukuk
Oliver Gordon
30 March 2015

Emirates, the Dubai-based airline, is set to wrap up its much-anticipated sukuk guaranteed by British export credit agency (ECA) UK Export Finance (UKEF), after successfully pricing the $913 million ten-year Islamic bond.

ING closes Coface-backed financing for Korean Air
ING closes Coface-backed financing for Korean Air
Jonathan Bell
27 March 2015

ING Bank has closed another Coface-guaranteed financing for Korean Air Lines (Korean Air). The transaction was structured by ING Capital in New York as the sole arranger.

 EDC finances construction of Hispasat satellite
EDC finances construction of Hispasat satellite
Dalia Gebrial
26 March 2015

Canadian export credit agency (ECA) Export Development Canada (EDC) has provided the Spanish satellite communications operator, Hispasat Group (Hispasat), with a €140 million ($154.13 million) loan for the construction of the Amazonas 5 satellite.

NEXI cover for Caterpillar exports to Turkey
NEXI cover for Caterpillar exports to Turkey
Jonathan Bell
26 March 2015

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) is providing credit guarantees to an overall approximate €45.4 million ($49.4 million) transaction financing Caterpillar Corporation (Japan) hydraulic shovels to Turkey.

Talking export and project finance with MUFG's Andrew Jameson
Talking export and project finance with MUFG's Andrew Jameson
Jonathan Bell
24 March 2015

TXF Interviews Andrew Jameson, general manager, investment banking division for EMEA at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Update: Emirates sets guidance on UKEF-backed sukuk
Update: Emirates sets guidance on UKEF-backed sukuk
Oliver Gordon
24 March 2015

Dubai-based airline Emirates has set the initial price guidance on its mooted $913 million sukuk – Islamic bond – guaranteed by the British export credit agency UK Export Finance (UKEF), a leaked arranger document has revealed.

Petro Rabigh seals $5 billion financing from Japanese-led consortium
Petro Rabigh seals $5 billion financing from Japanese-led consortium
Dalia Gebrial
20 March 2015

The Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Company (Petro Rabigh) has secured $5.168 billion worth of project financing for its integrated oil refinery and petrochemical plant (Rabigh Phase II Project) in the Rabigh district of Saudi Arabia.

Honduras hydroelectric plant gets IADB and JICA backing
Honduras hydroelectric plant gets IADB and JICA backing
Dalia Gebrial
20 March 2015

The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are providing a $158.4 million financing package to Honduras for the improvement of the Cañaveral–Rio Lindo hydroelectric power plants.

DFIs team up to finance Georgia’s Shuakhevi hydropower plant
DFIs team up to finance Georgia’s Shuakhevi hydropower plant
Dalia Gebrial
19 March 2015

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are coming together to provide $250 million of financing for Georgia’s Shuakhevi hydropower plant.

EBRD and Taiwan’s Eximbank team for infra projects
EBRD and Taiwan’s Eximbank team for infra projects
Jonathan Bell
19 March 2015

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Taiwan’s Export-Import Bank of the Republic of China (Eximbank) have agreed to boost their cooperation and co-finance infrastructure projects in regions where the EBRD invests.

MIGA, KfW back Colombian urban development projects
MIGA, KfW back Colombian urban development projects
Oliver Gordon
18 March 2015

The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) has teamed up with German development bank KfW to finance a funding programme for urban mobility, health and education infrastructure, and social housing in a range of Colombian cities.

KfW IPEX and BayernLB arrange Uruguay wind farm financing
KfW IPEX and BayernLB arrange Uruguay wind farm financing
Dalia Gebrial
18 March 2015

The German state-owned bank, KfW IPEX-Bank, has teamed up with BayernLB to arrange a $224 million financing for the Pampa wind farm in Uruguay. Total investment cost of the project is approximately $320 million.

Oceanic Breeze LNG project secures financing from JBIC, Mizuho and BTMU
Oceanic Breeze LNG project secures financing from JBIC, Mizuho and BTMU
Dalia Gebrial
17 March 2015

The Oceanic Breeze LNG Transport (OBLT) project has secured $125 million worth of financing from a club of Japanese banks and the Japanese export credit agency (ECA), the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

Agencies provide loan to Morocco’s BMCE Bank for energy projects
Agencies provide loan to Morocco’s BMCE Bank for energy projects
Jonathan Bell
17 March 2015

Four development financing agencies have teamed to provide a loan to Morocco’s BMCE Bank to be used in sustainable energy projects. The agencies involved are: the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).

Orascom pushes ahead with Egyptian $3 billion coal-fired power plant project
Orascom pushes ahead with Egyptian $3 billion coal-fired power plant project
Jonathan Bell
16 March 2015

Dubai-headquartered Orascom Construction (OC) has announced today that it is to move ahead rapidly with its planned 3,000 MW coal-fired power plant in Egypt, with an initial cost of $3 billion. OC’s consortium with Abu Dhabi-based International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) has signed a development agreement as an addition to the existing memorandum previously signed with the Egyptian government in November 2014.

IsDB provides Egypt with $4 billion financing package
IsDB provides Egypt with $4 billion financing package
Dalia Gebrial
16 March 2015

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) is providing Egypt with a $4 billion financing package in support of a selection of energy and infrastructure projects. The deals were announced at the Egypt Economic Development Conference, held in Sharm el-Sheikh over the weekend.

Emirates mandates banks for debut UKEF-backed sukuk
Emirates mandates banks for debut UKEF-backed sukuk
Oliver Gordon
16 March 2015

Dubai-based airline Emirates has mandated eight banks to arrange a sukuk – an Islamic bond – guaranteed by British export credit agency (ECA) UK Export Finance (UKEF).

Maersk Line announces new CFO
Maersk Line announces new CFO
Jonathan Bell
13 March 2015

Shipping company Maersk Line has announced that Pierre Danet will become the new chief financial officer of the company as of 7 April 2015. He will also be part of the management board of Maersk Line.

EDC provides credit facility for GNR Mexico
EDC provides credit facility for GNR Mexico
Dalia Gebrial
12 March 2015

Canada’s export credit agency (ECA), Export Development Canada (EDC), is providing a $750,000 credit facility to the Mexican affiliate of Montreal-based GNR Technologies (GNR).

Afrexim and StanChart arrange Kenya power sector loan
Afrexim and StanChart arrange Kenya power sector loan
Dalia Gebrial
12 March 2015

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has teamed with Standard Chartered (StanChart) to provide Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC), a Nairobi Stock Exchange-listed electric utility firm, with a $190 million loan.

GIEK provides financing for Ulstein PSV
GIEK provides financing for Ulstein PSV
Jonathan Bell
11 March 2015

The Norwegian export credit agency GIEK has issued a buyer credit guarantee of NOK123.4 million ($14.9 million) for the long-term post financing of the platform supply vessel (PSV) Blue Queen.

Baker & McKenzie boosts South African projects and energy team
Baker & McKenzie boosts South African projects and energy team
Jonathan Bell
10 March 2015

Law firm Baker & McKenzie has expanded its presence in South Africa with the addition of leading projects and energy partner Kieran Whyte. He will be based in Johannesburg.

JB's weekly round up - 10 March 2015
JB's weekly round up - 10 March 2015
Jonathan Bell
10 March 2015

After a great deal of help from those in the industry, we are delighted to share the first edition of our brochure for TXF Paris 2015.

Thales to provide security for new Qatari port
Thales to provide security for new Qatari port
Dalia Gebrial
9 March 2015

The French electrical systems provider, Thales Group, has been awarded a contract by the State of Qatar to secure its new commercial port, New Port Project – soon to be one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced.

ADFD signs pact with Kexim to cooperate in project co-financing
ADFD signs pact with Kexim to cooperate in project co-financing
Jonathan Bell
9 March 2015

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has signed an agreement with the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Kexim) to enhance collaboration in project co-financing across emerging economies.

JB's weekly round up - 3 March 2015
JB's weekly round up - 3 March 2015
Jonathan Bell
3 March 2015

Last week in London TXF held an evening presentation related to its first ECA data report for 2014.

Transnet makes key steps towards US Ex-Im and EDC-backed locomotives purchase
Transnet makes key steps towards US Ex-Im and EDC-backed locomotives purchase
Dalia Gebrial
2 March 2015

South Africa’s sole national rail network operator, Transnet, hosted a signing ceremony today for two tranches of its R50 billion ($4.26 billion) contract for the purchase of 1064 diesel and electric locomotives.

Turkey’s Dalaman Airport project gets EBRD and UniCredit financing
Turkey’s Dalaman Airport project gets EBRD and UniCredit financing
Jonathan Bell
25 February 2015

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and UniCredit are financing the construction and operation of a new domestic terminal at Dalaman airport in the south-western Turkish province of Muğla under a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

GIEK issues guarantees for new Chinese-built vessels for Nor Lines
GIEK issues guarantees for new Chinese-built vessels for Nor Lines
Jonathan Bell
13 February 2015

The Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency, GIEK, has issued two buyer credit guarantees for Norwegian shipping company Nor Lines to partly support the purchase of two LNG (liquid natural gas)-run Ro-Ro (roll on-roll off) vessels being built in a Chinese shipyard.

BBA report sees lack of project finance inhibiting UK’s infra needs
BBA report sees lack of project finance inhibiting UK’s infra needs
Jonathan Bell
10 February 2015

A new report from the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) and KPMG examines how to unlock more private project finance to help fund the UK’s overall infrastructure needs.

ABN AMRO and Sinosure sign MoU to develop shipping business
ABN AMRO and Sinosure sign MoU to develop shipping business
Dalia Gebrial
6 February 2015

ABN AMRO has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Liaoning branch of China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure), China’s export credit agency (ECA).

KfW IPEX and AFD co-finance loan for Ethiopian Airlines
KfW IPEX and AFD co-finance loan for Ethiopian Airlines
Dalia Gebrial
6 February 2015

KfW IPEX-Bank (KfW) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have teamed together to provide a loan for Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa.

Natixis announces closing of Seabras-1 financing
Natixis announces closing of Seabras-1 financing
Jonathan Bell
2 February 2015

Seaborn Networks (Seaborn) and Natixis have announced the closing of the debt financing for Seabras-1, the new subsea fibre optic cable system between the commercial and financial centres of Brazil and the United States.

Siem Offshore benefits from KfW IPEX vessel financing
Siem Offshore benefits from KfW IPEX vessel financing
Hesham Zakai
2 February 2015

Siem Offshore Rederi (Siem), the subsidiary of Norway-based Siem Offshore, will receive up to $350 million in a financing co-arranged by Germany’s KfW IPEX-Bank.

Banks and IFC team to lend to Itaú Unibanco for climate-friendly projects in Brazil
Banks and IFC team to lend to Itaú Unibanco for climate-friendly projects in Brazil
Jonathan Bell
28 January 2015

Commercial banks and IFC have combined to arrange an overall $400 million financing package for Brazil’s Itaú Unibanco.

Agencies combine to finance Jamaica’s largest private sector wind farm
Agencies combine to finance Jamaica’s largest private sector wind farm
Jonathan Bell
26 January 2015

International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), together with the support of the government of Canada have combined to finance Jamaica’s largest private sector wind farm. This will be the

ADB and Clean Tech Fund support Thai wind project
ADB and Clean Tech Fund support Thai wind project
Hesham Zakai
26 January 2015

Thai power production company Chaiyaphum Wind Farm Co has received two loans worth a total of $85 million, which it will use to support the development of a wind power plant in Thailand.

MIGA provides investment guarantees for acquisition in Nicaragua
MIGA provides investment guarantees for acquisition in Nicaragua
Jonathan Bell
26 January 2015

The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) has agreed to provide an investment guarantee to support for the acquisition, expansion, and modernisation of a bathroom ceramic ware plant in Managua, Nicaragua by Colombia-based ceramics manufacturer Corona.

KfW IPEX provides loan for Texan production plant
KfW IPEX provides loan for Texan production plant
Dalia Gebrial
23 January 2015

KfW IPEX-Bank has announced that it will help finance a gas-operated direct reduction facility to be built in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Financing closes for Jordan’s Shams Ma’an solar project
Financing closes for Jordan’s Shams Ma’an solar project
Jonathan Bell
22 January 2015

The financing for the Shams Ma’an solar photovoltaic project in Jordan has closed with commercial banks combining with Japanese export credit agencies to meet the overall funding of the $129 million project debt.

DryShips receives commitments for the financing of Ocean Rig Apollo
DryShips receives commitments for the financing of Ocean Rig Apollo
Jonathan Bell
19 January 2015

DryShips, a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, through its subsidiary offshore deepwater drilling services Ocean Rig UDW (Ocean Rig), has announced that Ocean Rig has received firm commitments from lenders to partially finance the construction costs of the Ocean

Regional co-operation key to closing African infrastructure gap
Regional co-operation key to closing African infrastructure gap
Dan Sheriff
19 January 2015

Jean-Louis Ekra, president of the African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank), spoke of fostering collaboration between countries and continents to help reduce Africa’s infrastructure deficit, at a recent conference in London.

IsDB financing package for Burkina Faso to boost infrastructure
IsDB financing package for Burkina Faso to boost infrastructure
Dalia Gebrial
16 January 2015

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has provided Burkina Faso with a financing package specifically targeted for the development of the country’s infrastructure.

Dorian LPG secures commitments to fund its new ship programme
Dorian LPG secures commitments to fund its new ship programme
Jonathan Bell
12 January 2015

US-headquartered, Dorian LPG, a leading owner and operator of modern Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCs), has announced that is has received commitments for up to

IFC and Rabobank provide loan for Georgian glass bottle manufacturer
IFC and Rabobank provide loan for Georgian glass bottle manufacturer
Dalia Gebrial
12 January 2015

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank group, is teaming up with Rabobank to provide financing for Georgia’s sole glass bottle manufacturer, Mina.

IFC arranges Itaú Unibanco loan for Enel Green Power Group
IFC arranges Itaú Unibanco loan for Enel Green Power Group
Dalia Gebrial
12 January 2015

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has mobilised financing from Brazilian bank Itaú Unibanco for Enel Green Power group (Enel), the Italian renewable energy corporation.