Saudi Arabias Dhuruma Electricity Company has completed a $1.2bn refinancing deal.
Dhuruma owns the PP11 independent power plant (IPP). It is 50 per owned by utility Saudi Electricity Company, 20 per cent by Frances Engie, 15 per cent by Japans Sojitz Group and 15 per cent by local Aljomaih Holding.
There was a roughly even split with the international tranche, including Export Development Canada, Germanys KfW, Japans Mitsubishi UFG Financial Group, Mizuho, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and the UKs Standard Chartered.
One source added that the local tranche priced at between 140 and 250 basis points above the Saudi interbank rate.
The developers originally secured $1.5bn in project finance in 2010 with a debt to equity ratio 70:30.
The $530m commercial tranche included Frances Credit Agricole, the UKs Standard Chartered, Frances Societe Generale, Export Development Canada, KfW, Italys Intesa, Samba, and Frances CIC. The $646m Islamic tranches involved Saudi Fransi, Samba, Alinma and NCB. The Export Import Bank of the United States provided $384m in an export credit agency tranche.
Engie is also considering refinancing two IPPs in Oman.