Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE (DFC-2023-GOLDMANSACHSB)

  • Europe and Central Asia
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  • Poland
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
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Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE, ORLEN SA
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  • Energy
  • Finance
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 500.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 526.32 million
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Original disclosure @ DFC website

Updated in EWS Jan 5, 2024

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Project Description
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As stated on the project summary disclosed by the bank, the project consists of a DFC guaranty covering potential derivative obligations owed by ORLEN to Goldman Sachs in the context of ORLEN's hedging activity in relation with its US-EU LNG exposure.

The Project is expected to have a positive but limited development impact in Poland by helping to address the country’s growing demand for natural gas after Russia halted gas exports to the country, which accounted for approximately 55% of the Poland’s gas imports and 42% of total gas supply.
Specifically, the Project will enable ORLEN to limit its commodity price risk exposure and reduce its liquidity constraints in a highly volatile gas market, by increasing the amount of LNG related hedges available to ORLEN through Goldman Sachs.
Furthermore, the Project will facilitate the continued supply of gas to Poland, which is an important component to the country’s energy policy of reducing the carbon intensity of its energy supply through, in part, moving away from coal-fired power towards the increased use of natural gas and renewables.

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As stated by Bloomberg, ORLEN Spolka Akcyjna operates as an integrated, multi-utility company. The Company specializes in electricity generation, distribution and trading, crude oil processing, production of fuels, petrochemicals and chemicals, and the wholesale and retail sale of fuel products, as well as storage, marketing, and distribution of gaseous and liquid fuels.

Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE operates as an institutional brokerage firm. The Firm offers financing, securities, asset management, consumer, fundamental, analysis, transaction, and investment banking services. Goldman Sachs Bank Europe serves clients worldwide.
Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
ORLEN SA (former PKN ORLEN SA) Undisclosed Energy contracts with Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE Client Finance

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