The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has granted a $75-million medium-term loan to the Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Company (ETHYDCO) to support expansion of Egypt’s petrochemical industry, boost its exports and natural gas processing capacity and equip the sector with better environmentally-friendly infrastructure, the Bank announced in Cairo.
Afreximbank, which served as mandated lead arranger for the facility signed on 16 September, said that its funding will complement the closure of a $1.25-billion syndicated facility initiated in 2012 among a consortium of 18 Egyptian Banks. Banque Misr served as the facility agent, Commercial International Bank as the security agent and technical bank, and National Bank of Egypt as the account bank.
The facility is to be used for partial financing of the $1.925 billion ETHYDCO Complex, a greenfield partnership project between Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company, Egyptian Natural Gas Company, Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals and a number of Egyptian banks. The complex will accommodate factories that would produce ethylene and ethylene derivatives which are widely used in the construction and plastic packaging industries, said Afreximbank.
Located in the Nahda industrial area in Alexandria governorate, the complex is a key initiative under the Egyptian government’s Petrochemicals Master Plan aimed at driving economic diversification and increasing local content and value addition in the country’s natural gas sector through the production of exportable petrochemical products.
The syndicated facility will finance the construction of an ethylene and butadiene plant, a polyethylene plant and a permanent gas fired power plant, all equipped with the latest eco-friendly technology to ensure zero discharge of industrial wastewater outside the complex, according to Afreximbank.
Most of the output from the complex will be for the export market, mainly Europe and North America, although some products will go to African markets.
The facility brings Afreximbank’s support to the Egyptian economy since the Bank began operations in 1994 to almost $5.1 billion in approved financing.