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Wartsila's Indonesian gas power plant projects granted Finnish Export Credit financing

January 23, 2014

ENP Newswire - 23 January 2014 Release date- 22012014 - Standard Chartered Bank has signed two 12-year term loan facilities for EUR 160 million with PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (Persero) (PLN), the national electricity company of Indonesia . The loans will be used to finance two PLN gas power plant projects, which include the procurement of 35 Wartsila 34SG gas fired engines. Finnvera , the Finnish export credit agency (ECA) owned by the State of Finland , issued export credit guarantees for the loan facilities while Finnish Export Credit, a subsidiary of Finnvera , provides the funding for both projects. Wartsila announced the power plant contracts in October 2013 . The two gas power plants will have a total output of 339 MWs and will supply electricity to over 150,000 households. The 184 MW Arun power plant will be powered by a total of 19 Wartsila 34SG engines running on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The plant, which is to be built in Lhokseumawe in Aceh Special District in northern Sumatra , will be the largest gas engine based peaking power plant in Indonesia . The electricity produced will be used to ensure stable output from the grid. The Bangkanai power plant is a 155 MW gas engine based plant. Wartsila will supply 16 Wartsila 34SG engines to the plant, which will be located in Bangkanai in Central Kalimantan on the island of Borneo . It will produce electricity for the Kalimantan grid. Nur Pamudji, President Director of PLN said: 'PLN is committed to a programme of investment in the Indonesian power sector in order to support economic development in the country and will continue to develop its investment program to increase the capacity and reliability to provide a better service to the customers. PLN aims to reduce its reliance on fuel oil and improve its fuel mix to decrease the production cost thereby reducing the subsidy.' Topi Vesteri, Executive Vice President of Finnvera , said: ' Finnvera and Finnish Export Credit are pleased to be supporting the delivery of Wartsila's technology to PLN. The two projects are important deals for the Finnish company that will export the gas engines from Vaasa, Finland . The new plants will increase the power generation capacity and support development in their respective regions. Finnvera's commitments in Indonesia have almost doubled during 2013, and we expect to see several interesting new projects in the country that offers growing opportunities for Finnish exporters.' Torsten Richter , Head of Export Finance Europe, Standard Chartered Bank , said: 'We are proud to play a key role in supporting PLN and Wartsila to deliver additional power generation capacity in Indonesia . These transactions demonstrate our client centric strategy and expertise in supporting clients who are investing into Indonesia , a key country within our footprint market.' Markus Pietikainen, Vice President, Group Treasury & Financial Services, Wartsila , added: 'We are delighted to support PLN in accessing competitive export credit financing, which complements Wartsila's power plant solutions. Both Finnvera and Standard Chartered are important customer finance partners for us and we are pleased with their support to our valued long term customer PLN.' Wartsila Press release 21 October 2013 : Wartsila to supply 184 MW peaking gas power plant to Indonesia

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Source: ENP Newswire

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