The EBRD stands ready to issue, on-demand, a one-year letter of credit (LC) in favour of Naftogaz of Ukraine as a payment guarantee of obligations of Moldovan natural gas supplier Energocom JSC under an agency agreement with Naftogaz for back up natural gas procurement for the Republic of Moldova.
The purpose of the transaction is to allow Moldova to procure one month of natural gas to back up potential supply disruption during winter 2019-2020.
ETI score: 64
The transition impact of the project will stem from the following transition impact qualities:
(i) Resilient Transition Quality by financing a mechanism to mitigate the risk of disruption in the Moldovan gas sector in 2019/2020 winter and supporting diversification of natural gas suppliers and delivery routes; and
(ii) Well-Governed Transition Quality by initiating the work on improving corporate governance of Energocom, and increasing transparency and standardisation of procurement practices.
The project will also entail a policy dialogue with the Government of Moldova to support the institutional reform process for the gas sector.
The project will be implemented by Energocom, a 100 per cent state-owned enterprise established by the Moldovan government in 2005 as an electricity importer and domestic electricity supplier. Energocom has a licence to supply natural gas.
EBRD Finance Summary
USD 50 million LC in favour of Naftogaz. The LC will benefit from a sovereign guarantee by Moldova.
Total Project Cost
Financing structure (closing funding gap, crisis response); Risk mitigation (comfort to other investors); Policy (gas market reform, capacity building of Energocom).
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised C (ESP 2014). The proposed transaction involves a Letter of Credit in favour of Naftogaz to guarantee a payment for supply of gas to our client Energocom, when it needs to buy gas from Naftogaz and sell it on to Moldovagaz. The State of Moldova is the guarantor and will provide a sovereign guarantee in case of non-payment for gas supply by Energocom, the off-taker of gas. Energocom owns no gas storage or transportation assets, while key environmental risks on this transaction are associated with the physical infrastructure owned by Naftogaz in Ukraine and Moldovagaz (the final buyer of gas) in Moldova. Therefore, given the structure of the transaction (gas purchase), there will be limited (at best) leverage over the gas infrastructure that will be utilized for supply of gas to and within Moldova. However the Bank does have an existing relation with Naftogaz through a Naftogas bond subscription, where there is an obligation to comply with and implement the EBRD's Performance Requirements. This will be further followed up separately outside of this proposed transaction.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Technical assistance supporting the implementation of this project, including capacity building to strengthen Energocom's transparency, corporate governance and procurement function are under consideration.
Company Contact Information
78, Vasile Alecsandri Street Chisinau Moldova
PSD last updated
20 Feb 2020
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