EBRD Backs Ukrenergo’s Eurobond to Resolve Payment Crisis in Ukraine’s Renewables Sector

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 11/3/2021, Location: Asia

• EBRD invests US$75 million in sustainability-linked Eurobond issued by Ukrenergo
• Move to unlock payment crisis, restore credibility of Ukraine’s renewable energy sector
• Renewable energy generation key for green transition and sustainable development

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is investing US$75 million in the US$825 million sustainability-linked bond issued by Ukraine’s national power company, Ukrenergo, in a bid to resolve the payments crisis gripping the country’s renewable energy sector.

It is the first sustainability-linked bond issued by a Ukrainian company and the EBRD's participation as the anchor investor provided comfort to other institutional investors, further widening the market participation.

The proceeds will cover all payment arrears owed to renewable energy producers. The investment will help to restore the credibility of the Ukrainian renewable energy sector and boost the confidence of private investors and financiers, paving the way for much-needed investment to support the country’s green transition.

Matteo Patrone, EBRD Managing Director for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, said: “To date, Ukraine’s renewable sector has delivered more than 8.5 GW of clean, local generating capacity, creating jobs and raising tax revenues across the country, while attracting more than €11 billion in domestic and foreign investment. Nevertheless, Ukraine needs more renewable energy capacity to meet its decarbonization targets.

This transaction will enable the country to continue developing its renewable generation industry. The EBRD is proud to play a key role in resolving the difficult situation in the sector and in helping Ukraine demonstrate the resilience, stability and predictability of its investment climate.”

Grzegorz Zielinski, EBRD Director, Head of Energy Europe, commented: “This is a landmark bond in many ways. It addresses the payment crisis in the renewable energy sector; restores renewable energy investors’ confidence in Ukraine; and paves the way for more renewable energy to be developed under competitive auctions or other innovative commercial structures, ultimately delivering substantially cheaper and cleaner electricity for Ukraine in the future.”

The EBRD is a leading institutional investor in Ukraine. To date, the Bank has invested more than €15 billion in 505 projects in the country, with a focus on assisting with stabilisation, anchoring reforms, strengthening energy efficiency and energy security, and supporting agricultural and industrial projects, as well as smaller businesses. Sustainability is at the heart of the EBRD’s investments.

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