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Ivory Coast SIR oil refinery secures loan

January 09/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Ivory Coasts SIR oil refinery, the largest in French-speaking West Africa, has secured a USD660 million loan, lead arranger Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) announced, allowing it to reduce debt and keep buying crude, reported Reuters.

SIR has struggled with towering debt levels for years, potentially threatening its ability to buy oil for Ivory Coasts fast-growing economy. In 2016, the country implemented debt-relief measures for the refinery using public and private funds.

The new loan comprises a euro tranche with a 9-year maturity and a West African CFA franc tranche with a 7-year maturity.

Other banks involved in the loan include Deutsche Bank, ICBC Standard Bank, United Bank for Africa, NSIA Bank and Bridge Bank. Lawyers Norton Rose Fulbright and Bile-Aka, Brizoua-Bi & Associes advised on the transaction.

With a refining capacity of 3.8 million tonnes in 2018, SIR serves Ivory Coast and nearby countries.

As MRC wrote previously, in October 2016, Ivory Coast signed a partnership pact to create a consortium headed by France's Total to build a LNG import terminal that could have begun receiving gas shipments by mid-2018.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Africa, crude and gaz condensate, gas processing, Total Petrochemicals.
Category:General News
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