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IFC Finances VAALCO to Boost Gabon’s Oil and Gas Production


In Washington:
Josef Skoldeberg
Phone: (202) 473-6978
E-mail: jskoldeberg@ifc.org

In Dakar:
Name: Fatimata Sow

Phone: +221 77529 1399
Email: fsow1@ifc.org

Washington, D.C., February 4, 2014—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has agreed to provide VAALCO Gabon with a $65 million reserve based loan facility to support the company’s oil exploration and development program in Gabon. The Gabon oil and gas sector, which has seen decreasing output levels, is a critical component of the country’s economy.

IFC’s financing, a $50 million senior loan and $15 million subordinate tranche, will help fund the construction of two new platforms and associated facilities to increase production from the Etame Marin offshore block. The program aims to increase the block’s current gross production to a level close to capacity of the project’s floating production storage and off loading vessel.

Smaller oil fields, such as those being developed by VAALCO, have become an increasingly important component of national production in Gabon as some of the country’s larger fields mature and face declines in production.

"IFC’s continued support to VAALCO Gabon, a valued IFC client since the beginning of its operations in the Etame field, follows our strategy to help Gabon continue to unlock the economic potential of its hydrocarbon resources for long term economic growth and diversification", said Lance Crist, Global Head, IFC Oil and Gas.

IFC will work with the company to ensure that the ongoing field development continues to be carried out in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.

About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private enterprises in more than 100 countries, we use our capital, expertise, and influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. In FY13, our investments climbed to an all-time high of nearly $25 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs and tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

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