VEB's Management Attends the Launch of the New Ford Kuga SUV at Ford Sollers
Vnesheconombank's Deputy Chairman – Board Member Tatyana Sakharova visited the Ford Sollers joint venture established with financial support from Vnesheconombank as part of her working trip to Tatarstan.
She participated in the launch ceremony for the new Ford Kuga SUV in Alabuga (special economic zone). The ceremony was attended by President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov.
As part of Ford's strategy for renewing and adapting its model range, from December 2016, Ford Sollers is to start manufacturing the new Ford Kuga smart SUV that will be equipped with ERA-GLONASS emergency call system and a number of innovative driver assist technologies. Before the official launch, the new model will undergo comprehensive testing and will be adapted for Russian climate and road conditions.
In her welcome speech, Tatyana Sakharova said: “I expect our partnership with Ford Sollers will continue: we, as a development bank, find it important to keep pace with our clients, help them grow, support their efforts so that in the end the project will succeed, create new jobs and generate tax revenues.”
The Ford Sollers joint venture has been implementing the project for the modernisation and expansion of manufacturing facilities, production of Ford cars and engines with Vnesheconombank's financial support since 2011. The total project value amounts to RUB 115 bn, with the Bank’s commitment standing at RUB 43.8 bn.
Since then, two plants have been fully modernised, five new Ford car models have been launched and, in 2015, an engine manufacturing plant was constructed and put into operation in the Republic of Tatarstan. In Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Region, two renewed models are now manufactured. At the moment, Ford Sollers produces seven Ford car models: Focus, Mondeo, Kuga, Transit, Explorer, Ecosport, Fiesta.
In the Republic of Tatarstan, Vnesheconombank participated in the implementation of 6 investment projects for a total of RUB 297 bn. The Bank has provided over RUB 172.7 bn to finance them. At the moment, Vnesheconombank is considering three projects for a total of RUB 115.8 bn.
Sergey Gorkov takes part in official opening of Western High-Speed Diameter Central Seсtion in St.-Petersburg
On 2 December 2016, the Chairman of Vnesheconombank Sergey Gorkov took part in the opening ceremony of the Central Seсtion of the Western High-Speed Diameter highway (WHSD) in St.-Petersburg. The opening ceremony was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Having provided RUB 25 billion worth of funds for a term of more than twelve years, i.e. amounting to approx. 50% of the syndicated ruble loan raised in 2012 to deliver the project, VEB has become one of the senior lenders for the construction of the WHSD Central Seсtion.
WHSD is one of the major public-private partnership (PPP) projects in road construction financed by Vnesheconombank. According to Sergey Gorkov, co-financing of the WHSD project is something the Bank is quite proud of.
The WHSD Central Seсtion project is being implemented in compliance with a 30-year PPP agreement signed with the St.-Petersburg Municipal Government and its 100% subsidiary ZSD Joint-Stock Company. The contractor in charge of this landmark transport project is Northern Capital Highway Consortium.
The highway is of paramount importance for the capital of the North: it will allow for diverting the bulk of traffic away from the historic centre of the city. On a nationwide scale, the highway, as a part of the North-South international transport corridor, significantly contributes to the mobility of Russia's Northwestern Federal District population.
The WHSD main route length is 46.6km, with a total length including exit roads and junctions exceeding 70km. The project provides for fifteen road junctions and 4-8 traffic lanes. The highway would help reduce traffic in the historic centre, ring road and road network of St.-Petersburg, and allow for motorists to traverse the city in less than twenty minutes.