EBRD being hailed for geothermal project financing in Turkey
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has been named the Global Multilateral of the Year in Project Finance International’s annual awards for the world of project finance. The bank was hailed in particular for the $1 billion financing of the Efeler geothermal project in Turkey.
In a release, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announces it has been hailed in 2015 awards, mentioning in particular its financing of the Efeler geothermal project, the largest geothermal power plant in Turkey.
The EBRD has been named Global Multilateral of the Year in Project Finance International’s annual awards for the world of project finance.
Project Finance International (PFI), owned by Thomson Reuters, is a leading source of global intelligence on the sector and reports on the entire lifecycles of deals, from initial rumours to post-completion analysis.
In its announcement of the 2015 awards, PFI paid special tribute to the EBRD’s investment in Turkey.
“Turkey is now the Bank’s top destination for project finance, with its Turkish portfolio about to overtake its Russian portfolio in size for the first time in history,” wrote PFI.
“Jean-Patrick Marquet took up the post of director for Turkey in March, and the bank created an Istanbul-based position of managing director for Turkey and Central Asia (including Mongolia).
“Natalia Khanjenkova took up the position in April, marking the first time a managing director has been based in Istanbul.
“Turkish deals seemed to flow as if on cue, comprising B-loans on the country’s EUR12bn hospital PPP pipeline, but also in renewable energy, the Dalaman airport concession and corporate support for domestic banks and energy firms.
EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti said: “I am delighted that the EBRD has been chosen for this prestigious award, the first time in the Bank’s history. The award rightly recognises our flexible response within a difficult geopolitical and economic context and the quality and impact of our investments.
“Our staff deserve our heartiest congratulations – it is their work that has led to this award.”
PFI singled out the EUR1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) Etlik hospital near Ankara and the EUR970 million ($1.1 billion) Efeler geothermal project, the largest geothermal power plant in Turkey and the second largest in Europe, for praise.
Despite the falling lira and fears over the country’s election re-run in November, the EBRD positioned itself well during 2015 to take advantage of Turkey’s fast growing electricity market, the publication said.
“With Turkey now firmly locked on the bank’s radar, one can expect similar growth strategies to take hold in neighbouring countries during 2016,” concluded PFI.
The Awards will be presented at the 2015 PFI Awards Dinner at the Hilton, Park Lane, London on Wednesday, 3 February 2016.