European Investment Bank Signs Loan Agreement to Finance El Shabab Plant

On February 6, 2014, the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed a loan agreement in the amount of €205 million (US$ 279.6 million) to finance the El Shabab power plant project in Egypt. The project will be co-financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD). Funds will be used to convert an open-cycle power plant to a combined-cycle gas plant. The conversion is expected to increase efficiency and output by 50%.

EIB Vice-President Philippe de Fontaine Vive took part in the signing ceremony. “Our aim is to support the new Egypt’s social and economic transition by financing projects encouraging growth and employment,” he said at the event. “We aim to contribute to the improvement of the daily life of the Egyptian people and to the building of a future for the younger generation.”

The EIB has approved €1 billion (US$ 1.36 billion) in loans for projects in Egypt in the last two years, and has signed €637 million (US$ 868.7 million) “so far in key economic and social sectors.”

Also present at the signing ceremony was Mr. Nidal E. Assar, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt.

According to the EIB’s website, in 2012 it lent out €52 billion (US$ 71 billion), €7 billion of which was lent out for projects outside the European Union.

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