Cairo, Egypt, July 2, 2015—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a $50 million loan to Cheiron
Finance Limited, a subsidiary of Egypt’s PICO International Petroleum,
in an effort to bolster energy supplies in the Arab World's most populous
The loan is part of a $200 million financing
package arranged by IFC, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,
and HSBC. It will help PICO, one of Egypt's leading independent producers,
expand operations and optimize production at its oil and gas fields in
the Gulf of Suez. Those fields help supply Egypt’s oil - and natural-gas-fired
power plants, which provide the vast majority of the country’s electricity.
The project is considered key in a nation where demand for electricity
has more than doubled in the last 15 years, sparking power outages that
have stymied economic growth.
"Oil and gas are vital components
of Egypt's energy mix," said Hesham Elbosaty, treasurer of PICO International
Petroleum. "By tapping into existing fields and developing new properties,
we can help provide the fuel necessary to power the country’s economy.”
The loan is part of a larger effort
by IFC to support Egypt's energy sector.
"As a country, Egypt is brimming
with potential, but it is being held back by severe power shortages,"
said Mouayed Makhlouf, IFC Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
"By harnessing the country's energy potential, we can spur economic
growth and help bring opportunity to those who need it most."
PICO International Petroleum is Egypt's
largest locally-owned oil and gas company. It specializes in developing
the smaller, more mature concessions that are a vital component of the
country’s oil and gas sector.
The financing provided by IFC is part
of a larger effort to spur economic development across Egypt. During the
2014 fiscal year, IFC committed $130 million in the country. The investments
brought IFC total commitments in Egypt to $1.1 billion since 2011, a figure
that includes $392 million in mobilization from other investors.
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private sector. Working with private enterprises in about 100 countries,
we use our capital, expertise, and influence to help eliminate extreme
poverty and boost shared prosperity. In FY14, we provided more than $22
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PICO International Petroleum owns 11
fields and one exploration concession spread across Egypt, Mexico, and
Romania. The company is part of PICO Group, which comprises of seven independent
sister companies, each of which enjoys managerial and financial autonomy.
The group operates in five primary sectors: food and agriculture, finance,
engineering equipment, energy, and real estate. Established in 1974,
PICO Group has grown to become a leading brand in the market segments it
operates in. The group has offices in the Middle East, Europe, the United
States, and Mexico.