The United States’ Export Import (EXIM) bank has announced that it has initiated “the process of providing $4.7Billion in financing a major integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Mozambique”.
The money is the largest committed by any lender to the 13 Million Tonnes Per Annum project, led by French major TOTAL.
The Mozambique LNG project will cost $20Billion to develop, but TOTAL is borrowing $14.9Billion from 28 financiers.
EXIM bank is one of eight Export Credit Agencies financing the project, the priciest hydrocarbon development on the continent.
Other agencies in the project include Japan Bank for International Corporation (JBIC), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), UK Export Finance (UKEF), Servizi Assicurativi del Commercio Estero of Italy (SACE), Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC), Atradius Dutch State Business (Atradius), Export-Import Bank of Thailand (EXIM Thailand)”,
There are also 19 commercial banks involved, of which Standard Bank of South Africa, is leading with $485Million loan. The Africa Development Bank, which is neither an ECA nor a commercial bank, is putting $4000Million in financing.
US EXIM bank’s involvement is primarily to support American contractors involved in the project. It says its funding “will support an estimated 16,700 American jobs over the five-year construction period”. Those jobs are at 68 suppliers located in eight states — Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas — and the District of Columbia. Follow-on sales are expected to support thousands of additional jobs across the United States.
A press release from the bank says that the transaction supports the Trump Administration’s Prosper Africa Initiative, “a whole-of-government economic effort to substantially increase two-way trade and investment between the United States and Africa.”
Launched in December 2018, Prosper Africa brings together the resources of more than 15 U.S. government agencies, including EXIM, to connect U.S. and African businesses with new buyers, suppliers, and investment opportunities.