Loan for Sakhalin-I Odoptu Field Stage-2 Development Project in Russia
Contributing to Securing a Stable Energy Supply to Japan as a part of its Resource Strategy
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The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC; Governor, CEO: Hiroshi Watanabe) signed on March 22 a loan agreement amounting up to USD450 million (JBIC portion) with Sakhalin Oil and Gas Development Co., Ltd. (SODECO). This loan, cofinanced with Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited (total cofinancing amount: USD900 million), promotes the security and development of energy resources for Japan.
This loan is intended to provide the necessary funds to the Sakhalin-I Odoptu Field Stage-2 development, a project in which SODECO participates. The shareholders of SODECO consist of the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX), ITOCHU Corporation, Marubeni Corporation, INPEX CORPORATION and ITOCHU Oil Exploration Co., Ltd.
The Sakhalin-I project, in which SODECO holds a 30% participating interest, develops and produces petroleum and natural gas from the Chayvo, Odoptu, and Arkutun-Dagi fields located off the northeast coast of Sakhalin Island, Russia, and has offloaded over 550 million barrels of crude oil from 2006 to date. SODECO is entitled to receive a quantity of crude oil in proportion to its participating interest and sell the oil to Japan and other Asian countries. While Japan is highly dependent on Middle East for energy sources, it is expected that the JBIC's support for the Odoptu Field Stage-2 development project will contribute to the diversification of energy supply to Japan. The project is also considered vital to Japan's resource strategy given that the fields are located in Russian Far East, which is geographically close to Japan.
As Japan's policy-based financial institution, JBIC will continue to financially support the securing of a stable supply of energy for Japan by proactively backing Japanese companies for their development and acquisition of energy resources, with its various financial facilities and schemes for supporting projects, as well as its risk-assuming function.