- Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
- Energy and Natural Resources
- Marine and Aerospace
- Project Finance
- Overseas Investment Loans
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC; Governor: Tadashi Maeda) signed on July 27, 2018, a loan agreement amounting up to approximately USD467 million (JBIC portion) with Dutch company Libra MV31 B.V. (LMV31) incorporated by MODEC, Inc.(MODEC), Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., Marubeni Corporation, and Mitsui E&S Holdings Co., Ltd. based in Japan. The purpose of the loan, provided as project finance*1, is to finance long-term FPSO*2 vessel chartering services to be provided to Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), a state-owned oil company in Brazil for developing the Mero oil field*3 in the Libra Block located off the coast of Brazil in which Petrobras and other field partners hold interests. The loan is co-financed with MUFG Bank, Ltd., (facility agent), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, ING Bank N.V., Société Générale, Mizuho Bank, Ltd., ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Crédit Industriel et Commercial, and Clifford Capital Pte. Ltd. The total co-financing amount is approximately USD995 million.
In this project, MODEC will build an FPSO unit with the capacity to produce up to 180 thousand barrels of crude oil per day and 424 million cubic feet of gas per day, and store 1.4 million barrels of crude oil. LMV31 will provide FPSO vessel chartering services to Petrobras for 22 years, including leasing, operation and maintenance services.
As oil companies in a number of countries have been actively developing offshore oil fields in recent years, they foresee an increasing need for new FPSO systems, primarily in Latin America (namely Brazil) and the Western African region. Petrobras, which is engaged in developing many offshore oil fields in Brazil, expressed its intention to focus on offshore oil field development business. MODEC views Brazil as a promising market for the FPSO business. This project is the 11th FPSO vessel chartering service to be provided to Petrobras by MODEC.
The Japanese government's Basic Plan on Ocean Policy*4 stipulates, concerning the substantial amount of methane hydrate deposits expected to exist in waters around Japan: "Develop technologies for utilizing methane hydrate with the aim of launching commercialization projects led by private-sector corporations by the mid-2020s." In this project, Japanese underwater energy resource development companies provide an FPSO charter service which is an indispensable component for offshore resource development. Therefore, this loan will lead to the strengthening the international competitiveness of Japanese companies in offshore resource development by helping them acquire and improve technologies, management practices, and know-how regarding the operation of FPSO systems, thereby this financing is expected to contribute to the securing of access to resources and their stable supply of natural resources to Japan.
As Japan's policy-based financial institution, JBIC will continue to support Japanese companies in expanding their business to foreign countries including Africa and Brazil, which are particularly active in marine resources development, with a view to acquiring strategically important resources for Japan as well as maintaining and increasing the international competitiveness of the Japanese marine industry.