VEB.RF Finances Ust-Luga’s Gas Chemicals Polyethylene Production Facility
- The loan will be allocated to finance the early phase of the project
State Development Corporation VEB.RF and Baltic Chemical Complex signed a loan agreement to finance the early phase of the project to build the largest Russian gas chemicals facility next to the sea port of Ust-Luga (Leningrad Region). The total capacity of the gas chemicals facility will be up to three million tonnes of polyethylene per annum.
VEB.RF’s loan will be allocated to finance FEED, advance payments under license agreements and subcontracts, including long lead items and other project related expenses.
Financing will be allocated in instalments matching the project’s schedule milestones. VEB.RF financing the early stage of the project will improve significantly credit and investment ratings of the project, which is important to attract other Russian financial institutions, international ECAs and banks.
RusGasDobycha’s CEO Konstantin Makhov said: “We are creating an unprecedented industrial cluster. It will be the largest in Russia. The vertical integration of gas supply and treatment in Russia represents a new economic model for the gas industry. The facility may export its products to Europe, Asia, India, and China. It is a large scale project. The construction phase alone required more than 25 thousand specialists. The start-up of Phase 1 is scheduled in 2023-2024. The full ramp-up will be in 2025. More than five thousand new highly qualified jobs will be created to operate the facility.”
VEB.RF’s First Deputy Chairman and Member of the Board Nikolay Tsekhomsky said: “Today, it is the largest greenfield project with 100% export potential in VEB.RF’s portfolio. As a development institution, we see that it is important to offer financial leverage to the project which will build the largest gas chemicals facility in the world and make Russian products more competitive in the global market.”
Sovcomflot and VEB.RF Sign Financing Agreement for Construction of Pilot LNG Carrier at Zvezda Shipyard
SCF Group, the VEB.RF Group and the Zvezda shipyard formally agreed to finance the construction of a pilot LNG carrier at the Zvezda. The carrier will be time chartered by Novatek for Arctic LNG 2 project.
The ice class (Arc7) will enable the LNG carrier to be used for year-round navigation in challenging ice-bound conditions. The carrier is designed to navigate without an icebreaker escort through more than 2-metres-thick ice.
In total, VEB.RF’s Supervisory Board approved financing for 15 carriers of this type. The supply of carriers will be synchronised with the start-up of Arctic LNG 2.
“It is the seventh vessel to be built by the Zvezda under a loan facility signed here. The vessels will be leased by Sovcomflot. VEB.RF’s governing bodies approved participation in the financing of 21 tankers. The growth of the shipyard’s portfolio will enable our partners to keep localising their manufacturing,” VEB.RF’s Deputy Chairman Artyom Dovlatov said.
VEB.RF and the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) signed a master agreement for VEB.RF’s participation as a confirmation bank in Afreximbank’s Trade Confirmation Guarantee Programme. The agreement was signed at the Russia-Africa Economic Forum in Sochi.
The document was signed on behalf of VEB.RF by its Deputy Chairman Daniil Algulyan and on behalf of the African Export-Import Bank by its Executive Vice President Amr Kamel.
“Providing export support and promoting Russian goods, work and services to open up new markets are high on VEB.RF’s list of priorities. African countries have tremendous potential to develop economic partnerships with the Russian Federation. The VEB.RF Group now has an anchor partner in this area of cooperation. It is Afreximbank. We’ve joined Afreximbank’s Trade Confirmation Guarantee Programme as it will enable us to use Afreximbank’s guarantees to mitigate the risks involved in trade financing transactions with local African banks,” Daniil Algulyan said.
“By signing the agreement, Afreximbank will strengthen its support for Russian companies with a presence in Africa,” Amr Kamel commented.
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is a development bank mandated to promote intra- and extra-African trade. In December 2017, Russian Export Center on behalf of Russia became a shareholder of Afreximbank.
The bank is headquartered in Cairo and has regional offices in Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Kenya and Zimbabwe. The bank’s rating: Baa1 (Moody’s), BBB- (Fitch), BBB+ (GSR). Founded in 1993. Authorised share capital: USD5bn. As at the end of 2018, the bank’s total assets were USD13.4bn.
Russia-Africa Summit: Memorandum of Cooperation Signed by VEB.RF and Russian Export Center to Build Republic of the Congo Pipeline
At the Russia-Africa summit, VEB.RF, Russian Export Center, Afreximbank and Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo (SNPC) signed a memorandum of cooperation to build a pipeline in the Republic of the Congo. The pipeline will connect the deep-water port of Pointe-Noire to the Maloukou terminal and the Lutete intermediary terminal.
“Export support and the promotion of Russian goods, work and services in entering new markets, including Africa, are high on VEB.RF’s set of priorities. The African markets are promising for future trade and economic cooperation and, primarily, increases in Russian exports. Afreximbank has become the anchor partner for the entire VEB.RF Group in this work. As a shareholder of this bank, we were able to reduce risks for the Russian companies. When evaluating projects in African countries, we can also rely on Afreximbank’s expertise,” VEB.RF’s Deputy Chairman Daniil Algulyan said.
“The construction of the pipeline in the Republic of the Congo not only will help to resolve most problems of this region of Africa in respect of providing petroleum products, but also will make a considerable contribution to economic growth in several countries experiencing an acute shortage of high-quality and affordable energy resources. Russian companies have gained extensive experience and technologies in the construction of petroleum pipelines in difficult climatic conditions and are pleased to share them with the African partners,” Russian Export Center’s Senior Vice-President Nikita Gusakov commented.
It is noteworthy that, upon construction, the pipeline will be able to transport a wide range of petroleum products, including petrol, diesel fuel and jet fuel. In addition to the Republic of the Congo, the ultimate consumers of petroleum products will be the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic, which will have a significant effect on the economic development of these countries.
The implementation of one of the largest infrastructural projects in Congolese history will take three years. The estimated capacity of the pipeline will be 2.1 million tonnes per year, and the period of pipeline operation will be at least 40 years.
USD5Bn Agreement Signed by VEB.RF, Russian Export Center, Sberbank and Gemcorp Capital LLP
At the Russia-Africa summit, VEB.RF, Sberbank, Russian Export Center and Gemcorp Capital LLP signed a framework agreement to create a trade finance mechanism for Russia and Africa. The agreement value is five billion US dollars, reflecting the needs of Russia and Africa for joint financial solutions.
The agreement is aimed at developing cooperation with African countries through the organisation of lending mechanisms for joint foreign trade projects and opens up opportunities for increasing Russian exports through financial support for the supply of Russian goods to the African continent, including to Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and other African countries.
“Support for Russian non-energy exports is a priority for the VEB.RF Group. At present, VEB.RF’s portfolio of support for Russian exports to African countries exceeds 2 billion US dollars. We are ready to help Russian companies to promote their goods and services in this market. VEB.RF is currently considering several transport development projects, including railway projects. Projects for the supply of domestic equipment for industrial production are in the pipeline. Our focus areas can include energy, chemicals, mining, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and education. Afreximbank is one of our key partners in the continent,” VEB.RF’s Deputy Chairman з Daniil Algulyan said.
Andrey Slepnev, CEO, Russian Export Center: “The mechanism will allow us to adequately mitigate the risks associated with organising trade with countries, including important supplies to the international community. For our part, we intend to involve at least ten countries in this mechanism and, with their help, open a trade corridor to the African continent. For Russian business, this affords a unique opportunity to systematically replicate the project in the region and gain a foothold in one of the most promising and dynamic markets in the world, opening it for high-technology domestic exports.”Alexander Vedyakhin, First Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board, Sberbank: “The agreement is aimed at creating infrastructure for promoting Russian exports to African countries and providing financing for the supply of Russian goods to the African continent. Sberbank, together with the VEB.RF Group, Gemcorp Capital LLP and Russian Export Center, has plans to provide financial and advisory support for projects of Russian exporters supplying domestic products from various industries: engineering, agriculture, fertilizers and pharmaceuticals. In recent years, Russian exports to African countries have shown sustainable growth, and due to insurance support from Russian Export Center, loans will become more affordable for Russian exporters and their foreign partners.”