- Region: North America
- Energy and Natural Resources
- Marine and Aerospace
- Overseas Investment Loans
- Project Finance
September 30, 2015
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC; Governor, CEO: Hiroshi Watanabe) signed today the following two loan agreements in project financing*1 with a special purpose company (SPC) funded 50% by CHUBU Electric Power Co., Inc. (Chubu Electric) and 50% by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. Both loans are cofinanced with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
- Borrower: TRANS PACIFIC SHIPPING 5 LTD. (TPS5), a Bahamas entity
JBIC portion: up to JPY12,894 million
Total cofinancing amount: JPY18,713 million
- Borrower: TRANS PACIFIC SHIPPING 8 LTD. (TPS8), a Bahamas entity
JBIC portion: up to JPY13,062 million
Total cofinancing amount: JPY18,863 million
The loans are intended to finance the procurement by TPS5 and TPS8 of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers to be used mainly for transporting LNG produced by the U.S. Freeport LNG project, in which Chubu Electric participates.
These loans support such efforts of Japanese companies to strengthen their energy value-chains, from participating in LNG projects to transporting LNG. Thus they will contribute to securing for Japan a long-term and stable supply of LNG that has become increasingly important in recent years as fuel for power generation, while applying the know-how of Japanese shipping companies.
As Japan's policy-based financial institution, JBIC will continue to financially support the promotion of acquisition and development of energy resources by Japanese companies, by drawing on its various financial facilities and schemes for structuring projects, and performing its risk-assuming function.