TBI, Standard Chartered and GE close US$600mn ‘Power Up Plan’ in Iraq

TRME IraqFaisal Al Haimus is the chairman and president of Trade Bank of Iraq. (Image source: Trade Bank of Iraq)Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI), Standard Chartered Bank and General Electric (GE) closed a US$600mn financing agreement that funded an ambitious power project implemented across Iraq

Comprising two phases, the government of Iraq’s ‘Power up Plan’ was a major part of the country’s ongoing rebuilding and modernisation plans, delivering and securing more than 2 GW of new power, while ensuring the continuity of up to 6.7 GW to Iraq’s grid, supplying much-need electricity to homes and businesses nationwide.

The financing arrangement is the largest bespoke Letter of Credit (LC) confirmation and discounting transaction of its kind in the region.

TBI was established in July 2003 with the aim of helping the reconstruction of Iraq by facilitating international trade and continues to be at the forefront of large-scale infrastructure developments across the country. The institution’s financial network and expertise play a significant role in sourcing and securing funding for projects that will benefit the Iraqi people for generations to come.

Faisal Al Haimus, chairman and president of Trade Bank of Iraq, said, “An efficient, modern, secure, and reliable power network is the foundation on which the country’s long-term development and prosperity will be built. The financing supported as part of this latest round with our partners at GE and Standard Chartered Bank will play a major role in creating a brighter future for the Iraqi people.

“Trade Bank of Iraq will work closely with our partners to ensure the agreements set out will help to drive forward this essential project and support the well-being of people, communities, and businesses nationwide.”

For Standard Chartered, the agreement also manifests its newly introduced sustainability philosophy, as such finance will help enable individuals’ businesses to thrive and grow, and governments to deliver economic prosperity for the wider community; supporting sustainable and responsible growth.

Rola Abu Manneh, CEO Standard Chartered Bank UAE, added, “This pioneering partnership will facilitate and improve the power and electricity across the country. We are very proud and delighted to have structured and delivered such a trade financing solution in one of our network locations. This deal further demonstrates Standard Chartered’s core strength of seamlessly leveraging its global network and deep local expertise across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.”

GE has supported the development of essential energy, healthcare and transportation infrastructure in Iraq for over 50 years. The current agreement is an important part of the company’s commitment to contributing towards the country’s rebuilding efforts to the benefit of families, businesses and industries across Iraq.

According to Yoshito Murakami, CFO of GE’s power services business in Africa, India and the Middle East, “GE has a long and successful history of supporting major developments throughout the Middle East and we are honoured to collaborate with Standard Chartered Bank and Trade Bank of Iraq to be part of this vital infrastructure project that will bring power to homes and businesses across the country.

“Iraq is currently undergoing a period of significant redevelopment as it moves towards a more stable and secure future. GE is committed to continuing working with its partners and customers across the region to be at the forefront of plans that will bring progress to the people of Iraq.”

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