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Oando proudly declares successful US$550m participation in Project Gazelle

By Emeka Ugwuanyi
Oando Plc has expressed satisfaction for being a party to and contributing a princely sum of US$550 million to the realization of the US$3.3 billion Project Gazelle.
In a statement by the company made available to The Business Intelligence Africa (TBI Africa) magazine says, “Oando PLC, Nigeria’s leading indigenous energy group, hereby wishes to notify the public that on May 17, 2024, it was party to the successful closure of a US$925m accordion arranged and coordinated by African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) for Project Gazelle.
“The accordion arrangement saw a contribution of US$550m by Oando Trading, a subsidiary of Oando PLC. The balance $375 million was raised by other parties to get a total disbursement amount of US$925 million.
“Project Gazelle is a US$3.3 billion structured crude oil-backed forward-sale finance facility sponsored by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Limited).
“This landmark US$3.3 billion Afreximbank-arranged financing is the largest syndicated loan ever raised by Nigeria in the international market and one of the largest syndicated debts raised in Africa in recent years.
Speaking on Oando’s participation, Wale Tinubu, Group Chief Executive, Oando PLC, said: “The successful completion of this facility signifies another win for the company and the country at large. The transaction further reinforces Oando’s ability to create value and the Company’s status as the indigenous partner of choice in Nigeria.
“As a proudly indigenous company our ambition has always been to use our platform to support the sustainable development of the nation. Against this backdrop, Project Gazelle will be instrumental in realizing the Federal Government’s efforts to boost the country’s socio-economic indices.
“Afreximbank as lead arranger, continues to support African corporations – public and private growing confidence in the market and continent.”

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