Syndicated facility to ADES International Holding Limited



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Business sector:

Natural resources

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Approval date:

13 Dec 2017



PSD disclosed:

23 Mar 2018

Translated version of this PSD: Arabic

Project Description

The provision of USD 125 million debt financing as part of USD 450 million syndicated facility to enable ADES International Holding Limited to expand its offshore and onshore drilling fleet in Egypt and in the Middle East and North Africa ("MENA"). The syndicated facility consists of (i) a tranche to refinance ADES's existing debt, (ii) a working capital tranche and (iii) a CAPEX tranche to finance capital expenditures for acquisition of new rigs or entities and related expenditures in order to execute the Company's expansion plan post the successful IPO.

Project Objectives

Contribution to the expansion of ADES outside of its home market in Egypt via the purchase and refurbishment of rigs or acquisition of entities operating such rigs, leveraging on the Company's key
competitive strength (trained labour and low cost structure) and facilitating expansion of this successful model to new markets.

Transition Impact

The expected transition impact of the Project is based on improving Inclusive and Well-Governed transition qualities in Egypt by contributing to youth and women inclusion and transfer of skills in the
upstream oil sector in Egypt and improving corporate governance standards of ADES with significant demonstration potential.

Client Information


ADES is a leading oil and gas drilling and production services provider in MENA region that provides primarily offshore and onshore contract drilling and production services. ADES International Holding
("ADES International") is a limited liability company incorporated in the United Arab Emirates and listed on London Stock Exchange ("LSE"). Advanced Energy Systems SAE ("ADES Egypt") is a joint
stock company incorporated in Egypt and wholly owned by ADES International.

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 125,000,000.00

USD 125,000,000 million senior loan for the Bank's own account (including USD 25,000,000 underwriting amount).

Total Project Cost

USD 695,000,000.00

Total Project Cost is USD 695 million.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (2014 ESP).  The provision of an onshore oil and gas services, such as drilling operations and field development, may be associated with various environmental and social (E&S) impacts and risks including the risk of oil spills and health and safety risks.  These impacts and risks can be readily identified and addressed through the implementation of Good International Industry Practice (GIIP).  ADES is an existing client of the Bank and previous due diligence in 2014 and E&S monitoring, including by a consultant in 2016, has shown that the Company has improved its implementation of GIIP and overall improved its E&S performance through implementation of an ESAP.  ESD-led due diligence for the Project has included a review of the progress made against the existing ESAP; a review of the proposed use of proceeds; and consideration of the findings of independent E&S monitoring, which included a visit to one of the Company's offshore rigs.  The existing ESAP has been updated based upon this due diligence and agreed with the Company.

E&S issues are managed through the Company's integrated management system which has seen substantial improvements since 2014. The management system is supported by appropriate resources and a robust approach to performance monitoring. E&S practices and performance offshore, including occupational health and safety, are in line with GIIP.  Health and safety management provisions include a structured permit to work system, job risk analysis, worker training, emergency response, etc.  Emergency response and major accident prevention/management provisions have been reviewed against the requirements of the EU Offshore Safety Directive, which came into force in the EU during 2015.  The Directive focusses primarily on field operators but includes requirements that would apply to an operator's contractors, such as the Company.  Company emergency response provisions are generally adequate but would benefit substantially from adopting a risk assessment approach, putting in place a Major Accident Prevention Policy and development of safety cases for each rig to ensure all hazards and risks are adequately considered and controlled in line with the Directive.  These requirements have been captured in the updated ESAP. Under the 2014 ESAP the Company has implemented measures to consider and manage biodiversity and social risks offshore in liaison with field operators. These measures will need to be applied across the  Company's operations. A review of HR provisions confirmed that they are in line with the Bank's requirements.   Further, the Company has enhanced its approach to stakeholder engagement and disclosure and is implementing a corporate stakeholder engagement plan which is tailored to each project.  Onshore E&S issues are managed through the same integrated management system and the same principles regarding impact and risk avoidance and reduction are applied. These provisions will need to be extended to consider potential land use and livelihood impacts.  The due diligence included a review of the potential E&S impacts and risks associated with the proposed use of Bank proceeds and confirmed that existing E&S provisions are adequate to manage these impacts and risks. 

The 2014 ESAP has been revised and updated to reflect the proposed use of proceeds and findings of the due diligence.  Key actions include measures to ensure compliance with the Offshore Safety Directive such as the development of a Safety Case for each rig and ensuring appropriate risk management. Various actions within the ESAP require investments to the Company's offshore fleet.  These actions have been rolled out on a continual basis since 2014 and the ESAP has been updated to acknowledge the investment and improvement schedule.  The Company will continue to be required to report to the Bank on an annual basis on E&S performance and ESAP implementation.

Technical Cooperation

EUR 124,800 TC Project: "Review and Enhancement of the Corporate Governance Practices of ADES" (TCRS: 7612) funded by the Shareholder Special Fund ("SSF") on cross sharing basis with 10% of the project amount contributed by ADES. The Project includes two assignments:

-          Assignment I: Improvement of corporate governance of ADES - TCRS ID #39761, for EUR 74,800; and

-          Assignment II: Review and enhancement of ADES' internal audit function (the "Internal Audit Review") - TCRS ID #39762, for EUR 50,000.

EUR 75,000 TC for the "Strategy Development Support" funded by the SSF on cross sharing basis, with 10% of the project amount contributed by ADES.

Up to EUR 75,000 TC for skills development "Economic inclusion of young women and men through improved and standardized high quality training in Egypt" (TCRS: 1256), funded by DFID with 15% cash contribution by ADES.  

Company Contact Information

Hussein Badawy
+2 (0)2 2527 7111

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