Nouakchott, Mauritania, July 6, 2020—
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced that it is providing
$35 million as part of a $200 million credit facility arranged by Societe
Generale to enable Addax Energy S.A. to deliver critical energy imports
to Mauritania, supporting jobs and economic activity in key sectors.
The facility will help Mauritania secure vital petroleum product imports
for the next six months to keep its economy moving amid supply chain challenges
caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mauritania, a country in the Sahel region,
relies heavily on imported petroleum.
IFC’s investment is part of its global COVID-19 fast-track financing support
package, designed to help client companies—and the thousands of smaller
businesses they support—weather COVID-19-related disruptions. The financing
underscores the World Bank Group’s strategy to expand support for the
Sahel region, which has been hit hard by COVID-19 disruptions and faces
Stephen Paris, Addax Energy S.A. CFO said, “Addax Energy SA, has been,
for more than 30 years, one of the longest-established and a reliable supplier
of petroleum products and energy in Africa. We are extremely proud to have
been selected for the third time in a row as the key supplier of petroleum
products to Mauritania. We are also greatly appreciative of our partnering
banks, and IFC’s renewed trust and support especially in these times of
oil market volatility and Covid-19 pandemic challenges.”
Aliou Maiga, IFC Director for West and Central Africa, said, “The facility
is critical for Mauritania’s economy and will help mitigate some of COVID-19’s
negative economic impacts by safeguarding the continuous flow of energy
in the country and avoiding a major disruption in the supply chain. Supporting
the private sector during these difficult times will help ensure economic
stability and preserve jobs.”
Addax Energy S.A, an IFC client since 2018 and one of Africa’s largest
independent suppliers of oil and gas products, in April 2020 won the tender
to supply Mauritania with petroleum products for six months.
The credit facility will finance the purchase, transportation, storage,
and sales of petroleum products, ensuring a steady energy supply for Mauritania’s
transport, agriculture, fisheries, mining, and other critical sectors,
helping businesses across the economy maintain operations and jobs.
The pandemic’s economic and social impacts are expected to be substantial
in Mauritania, with the IMF predicting the country will fall into recession
in 2020. COVID-19 has contracted Mauritania’s exports, threatening jobs
and investment. Supply chain disruptions are expected, making it crucial
to ensure the continued supply of goods, especially imported refined oil
products, on which Mauritania depends.
The investment in Addax Energy S.A. announced today builds upon a
$255 million, two-year credit facility committed in May 2018
by IFC, Societe Generale, and three other
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank
Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private
sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our
capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in
developing countries. In fiscal year 2019, we invested more than $19 billion
in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries,
leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost
shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
About Addax Energy S.A.
Addax Energy S.A. is the trading arm of Oryx Energies S.A, which is one
of Africa's largest and longest-established independent providers of oil
and gas products and services. Oryx Energies S.A. is a Swiss group of companies,
majority-owned by private investment group The Addax and Oryx Group Plc.
Oryx Energies S.A. was formed by the merger of AOG’s trading and downstream
activities. Oryx Energies S.A. has a presence in over 17 sub-Saharan countries
and it sources, supplies, stores and distributes the oil and gas products
needed by consumers, businesses and maritime operations across sub-Saharan
Africa for over 30 years.