Denizbank in talks with Socar over $1.7 bln loan deal
BODRUM - Reuters
“We are in talks with Socar for a loan package worth $1.7 billion for their investments inTurkey, excluding TANAP,” Ateş told Reuters at the Uludag economic summit.Turkey’s Russian-owned lender Denizbank is in talks with Azeri state oil company SOCAR over a $1.7 billion loan package for investments, Denizbank Chief Executive Officer Hakan Ateş said on March 21.
The package would exclude the multi-billion dollar Trans-Anatolian natural gas pipeline project (TANAP), designed to reduce Europe’s reliance on Russian gas.
“We are in talks with Socar for a loan package worth $1.7 billion for their investments inTurkey, excluding TANAP,” Ateş told Reuters at the Uludag economic summit.
Socar owns Turkish petrochemical company Petkim, and is building the $5.5 billion Star refinery in partnership with Turcas Petrol to supply feedstock to Petkim and cut Turkey’s dependence on imported refined products.
Earlier this week, Socar Turkey’s chief executive Kenan Yavuz told Reuters it had agreed with a commercial bank on fresh financing of $500 million to replace the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development who had withdrawn from a consortium financing the Star refinery.
Yavuz declined to name the commercial bank but sources close to the deal said it was
Denizbank, owned by Russia’s Sberbank.