SBM Completes $1.55B Financing of FPSO Cidade de Saquarema

SBM Offshore N.V. announced Monday that on July 27 it completed the project financing of FPSO Cidade de Saquarema -- which will be deployed to the Lula field offshore Brazil  upon completion -- for a total of $1.55 billion, which is the largest project financing in the Company’s history.

Project financing was secured by a consortium of 16 international banks with insurance cover from four Export Credit Agencies (ECA): Atradius Dutch State Business N.V. (Atradius), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), Servizi Assicurativi del Commercio Estero S.p.A. (SACE) and UK Export Finance (UKEF).

The facility is composed of three separate tranches totalling $1.55 billion with a 5.1 percent weighted average cost of debt and fourteen year post-completion maturity:

  • Atradius covered tranche of $800 million including SACE $167 million and UKEF $53 million
  • NEXI covered tranche of $400 million
  • Uncovered commercial tranche of $350 million

FPSO Cidade de Saquarema is owned and operated by a joint venture owned by affiliated companies of SBM Offshore (56 percent), Mitsubishi Corporation (20 percent), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (19 percent), and Queiroz Galvao Oleo e Gas S.A. (5 percent). The vessel has processing capacity of up to 150,000 barrels of crude oil and 211.86 million cubic feet (6 million cubic meters) of gas per day, and storage capacity of approximately 1.6 million barrels of crude oil. The joint venture will own and operate the vessel on a 20-year charter service for Tupi B.V.

Combined with the $1.45 billion project financing of FPSO Cidade de Marica (July 2014), today’s announcement culminates the successful financing of $3 billion for two sister units destined for the Lula field in the pre-salt province offshore Brazil. BM-S-11 block is under concession to a consortium comprised of Petrobras (65 percent), BG E&P Brasil Ltda. (25 percent), and Petrogal Brasil S.A. (10 percent).


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