EKF issues ‘biggest ever’ loan for Turkey railway project

(Global Trade Review, London, 8 December 2021) Danish export credit agency EKF has signed its largest ever export loan for the construction of a high-speed railway project in Turkey. The agency is lending €576mn to the Turkish finance ministry for the project. The loan is classified as green because the electric railway is categorised as sustainable under the EU’s sustainable financing taxonomy. The total value of the financing is €1.1bn, which includes contributions from Swedish public finance and export credit bodies EKN and SEK. Standard Chartered and several other commercial lenders are also involved in the deal, but their exact roles have not yet been disclosed.