Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 26, 2019—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, approved a financing package for up to
US$500 million for Pan American Energy (PAE) to help the company finalize
an expansion and upgrade of its refinery in Argentina to produce lower-emission
diesel fuels and support the country’s transition toward stricter and
environmentally friendly fuel standards.
The financing package consists of an eight-year loan of US$135 million
from IFC and US$315 million from several commercial banks and other financial
institutions including Bancaribe, BBVA, Santander, Citi, ICBC, Crédit Agricole
and JP Morgan. The package also includes US$50 million from IFC’s Managed
Co-Lending Portfolio Program (MCPP), a platform that allows institutional
investors the opportunity to passively participate in IFC’s future loan
Marcos Bulgheroni, CEO of Pan American Energy, said: “We are delighted
to have built on our long-standing relationship with IFC, in a transaction
that will allow us to complete the expansion of our Campana refinery, representing
a big step for Argentina towards production of cleaner fuels. We believe
that IFC’s interest in environmental and social responsibility will only
help us improve on a strong industry-leading performance.”
IFC’s financing will be used to complete a large scale, multi-year upgrade
and expansion of PAE’s refinery, which provides about 15 percent of the
country’s refined fuel, in Campana, province of Buenos Aires. The completion
of this program will ensure that the refinery can produce ultra-low sulfur
diesel, reduce sulfur emissions, make other environmental improvements,
and increase access to cleaner fuels. This increased supply will help reduce
Argentina’s reliance on imported fuels and expand availability of efficient
and cleaner fuels contributing to better air quality. It will be the first
refinery with the capacity to produce cleaner burning ultra-low sulfur
diesel in Argentina.
This investment is aligned with the World Bank Group’s country partnership
framework for Argentina, which emphasizes the need to foster private investment
and strengthen the competitiveness of the country’s private sector, as
well as the need to reduce the country’s global environmental footprint.
“We are confident that this loan will play an important role in helping
Argentina meet its growing energy demands while at the same time transitioning
to cleaner types of fuels,” said David Tinel, IFC’s regional manager
for Argentina and the Southern Cone. “In a context of limited availability
of long-term capital, supporting Argentina’s private sector is more critical
than ever – especially for projects that help reduce imports and contribute
domestic value addition,” he said.
In Argentina, IFC has committed approximately US$1.3 billion in sustainable
private sector projects over the past 18 months, becoming a major international
source of financing to the country’s private sector during this period.
IFC’s strategy in Argentina focuses on financing projects with significant
development impact that spurs economic growth – particularly through increased
exports – innovation and job creation. Priority sectors include agribusiness,
infrastructure, energy, manufacturing, and financial intermediaries to
reach SMEs. Through its advisory programs, IFC works with governments and
companies to help establish the conditions that will attract the most private
capital, enabling the private sector to grow and create jobs.
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 with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide,
using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities
in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more
than US$23 billion in long-term financing for 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 Pan American Energy
Pan American Energy is a leading global multi-source energy company. In
2017, the company’s shareholders —Bridas Corp. and BP— consolidated
their interests in Pan American Energy and AXION Energy to form a single
company called Pan American Energy Group. Today Pan American Energy (PAE)
has positioned itself as Argentina’s largest private producer, employer
and investor in the energy industry and conducts operations in Argentina,
Mexico, Bolivia and Uruguay. PAE’s operations span the upstream, midstream
and downstream operations and thermal and renewable electric power sectors
of the energy business.
In the downstream business, PAE operates the Campana Argentina refinery.
As for its retail operations, the company sells fuels through the brand
AXION Energy and lubricants through the brand Castrol, in its 740 gas stations
in Argentina and Uruguay. Axion presently has a 15% share of the Argentine
fuels market. The company currently explores and produces oil and gas in
Argentina, Bolivia and Mexico in conventional and unconventional reservoirs,
both onshore and offshore.