Dubai, UAE – Standard Chartered Bank with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation announces the provision of a US$566.4m Export Credit Agency supported Islamic financing facility for Saudi Electricity Company to facilitate a Saudi-Egypt electricity interconnection project.

The 14-year financing will be guaranteed by the Swedish Export Credit Agency (EKN) and funded by the Swedish Export Credit Corporation (SEK). The landmark facility is structured on the Islamic concept of Commodity Murabaha.

The electricity interconnection project is the first large-scale, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) interconnection in the Middle East and North Africa to link electricity grids. The project will allow Saudi Arabia and Egypt to exchange up to 3,000 MW of power. The connection is expected to be in place by 2026 and will support the flow of power in multiple directions, between Badr in Egypt, to El-Madinah El-Munawara via Tabuk in Saudi Arabia.

The Bank was also among other financial institutions to provide US$3 billion as part of the five-year syndicated loan, demonstrating Standard Chartered’s commitment to Saudi Arabia and Egypt and in playing a key role in their economic development.

Sunil Kaushal, Regional CEO, Africa and Middle East, Standard Chartered said: “We are driven to play a vital role in in the development of key economies across AME, with both Saudi Arabia and Egypt being dynamic and pivotal markets for us. This facility represents our strategy in action as we work with businesses and our partners in facilitating capital for greater integration to deliver impact to communities -  helping support the growth of electricity connectivity in the Arabian Gulf and North Africa. Cross-border electricity trade is rapidly growing in importance, and takes advantage of economies of scale, giving countries efficient, flexible, secure and decarbonised access to power. Given the strength of our global network, the Bank is uniquely positioned to act as a bridge to facilitating inward and outward investments from Saudi into overseas markets and vice versa.”


For further information please contact:
Wasim Ben Khadra
Regional Head of Communications, Africa & Middle East
Corporate Affairs, Brand & Marketing
Standard Chartered

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