According to bank provided information, the project involves the provision of up to USD 25 million senior secured reserve based loan (with no upstream gas drilling financing) in favour of SDX Energy Morocco Ltd to replace inefficient and polluting heavy fuel oil burners in the region. The facility will have 5 year tenor and will be split into 2 tranches. A committed tranche of USD 10 million will be used to connect local industries to the Company's existing gas fields in the Gharb region. An uncommitted tranche of up to USD 15 million is contingent on SDX Morocco acquiring further natural gas assets in Morocco, which would be monetised through infrastructure investment including the potential usage of state-of-the-art Compressed Natural Gas ("CNG") technology.
The operation will enable SDX Morocco to finance part of its USD 65 million investment plan to expand its operations in Morocco and thus also supports the country's efforts to put gas, alongside renewable energy, at the centre of its decarbonisation plan in response to COP 21 commitments.
Up to USD 25 million senior secured reserve based loan consisting of committed tranche of USD 10 million and uncommitted tranche 2 of USD 15 million. The commitment of this tranche will be subject to commercial and technical due diligence of additional natural gas assets in Morocco satisfactory to the Bank and its approval will be delegated to Management.
The transaction will be part of SDX's Morocco USD 65 million capex plan to further expand its operations in Morocco ("the Project").
SDX Energy Morocco Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of SDX Energy Plc listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.
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