Lagos State prepares for historic green bond issuance

The Lagos State Government is preparing for the issuance of an NGN 25bn ($60m) green bond under the Nigerian Green Bond Market Development Programme (NGBMDP). State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu signed an MoU towards the issuance with the NGBMDP’s implementing partners, FMDQ Holdings and Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Africa this week.

The NGBMDP was launched in 2018 by FMDQ, FSD Africa and the Climate Bonds Initiative to support the growth of Nigeria’s non-sovereign debt capital market. It notably supported the development and issuance of Nigeria’s Green Bond Issuance Rules by the country’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in November 2018 and provided technical support to several issuers.

Nigeria was the first nation to issue a sovereign certified climate bond back in 2017, followed by several of its companies. In 2019, Access Bank issued the first Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI)-certified corporate green bond in Africa, raising N15.0 billion. The 5-year, 15.50% fixed rate bond was fully subscribed. The same year, North South Power Company, through the NSP-SPV PowerCorp PLC, issued its Series 1 N8.5 billion Green Bond, which was the first certified corporate green bond and the longest tenured (15 years) corporate bond issued in the Nigerian debt capital markets approved by the SEC.

Lagos State is about to become the first issuer of a subnational green bond in Nigeria as it seeks to diversify its financing sources and support sustainable development across the state. On September 10th, its national long-term rating was upgraded to AAA by Fitch Ratings, while its LTR, STR and local currency long-term issuer default ratings were affirmed B.

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APM Terminals takes delivery of six more RTG cranes for its container terminal in eastern Nigeria

APM Terminals’ West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) in the Onne Oil & Gas Free Zone has taken delivery of six more state-of-the-art Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs), bringing their total number to 14. The new units will further improve service delivery at the Onne Port and confirm WACT as eastern Nigeria’s best-equipped port terminal. In August 2020, WACT had already received the 10,000 TEU Maersk Stadelhorn, the largest containership to evert berth at any Nigerian port. Also last year, APM Terminals had announced further investment of $100m in the terminal’s upgrade Phase 2 including the acquisition of three additional Mobile Harbour Cranes (bringing the total in operation to five), 20 Rubber Tyre Gantry Cranes, three Reach Stackers, 13 terminal trucks and trailers and an empty container handler. The development of WACT started in the mid-2000s in order to open up Nigeria’s eastern market, an under-served region due to its high-risk environment and piracy. The region’s trade infrastructure has considerably increased since then: in addition to WACT, the Philippines’ International Container Terminals Services, Inc. (ICTSI) recently opened the Onne Multipurpose Terminal (OMT) after upgrading and rehabilitating three unused berths at the port.

Africa Oil sets new plateau target for $3.4bn Project Oil Kenya – seeks partner prior to FID

Canadian junior African Oil Corp. has announced today a new production plateau of 120,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) from Blocks 10BB and 13T onshore Kenya, up from the previous estimate of 100,000 bopd. Both licenses are located within the South Lokichar basin and are known as Project Oil Kenya, which Africa Oil Corp. intends to develop with its current partners TotalEnergies and Tullow Oil. The revised target notably follows changes in the project’s development concept in order to make it more commercially and environmentally viable.  The revised project has also reduced the overall unit cost from $31/bbl to $22/bbl, making the project more attractive in a lower oil prices environment. Africa Oil expects a gross oil recovery of 585m barrels over the life of the field following the audit of the resource position by Gaffney, Cline & Associates. Phase 1 would initially target the development of the Ngamia, Ekales, Amosing and Twiga (NEAT) fields. Future phases would eventually focus on additional exploration potential within the 10BB/13T licenses while bringing the 10BA license acreage into production. Compared to the previous field development plan, we have a more economically robust project, which I am confident is more attractive to potential new partners. Keith Hill, President & CEO, Africa Oil Corp. The new development concept notably entails a 130,000 bopd facility along with an increase of the pipeline size from 18’’ to 20’’. The three joint-venture partners still expect to submit a final field development plan (FDP) by the end of this year in order to secure a license extension. However, the taking of a final investment decision (FID) is unlikely until they have secured a new strategic partner, likely to take over Tullow Oil’s stake in the project. As it stands, the project is expected to require $3.4bn in investment, including $2bn for its upstream component and $1.4bn for the pipeline. Project Oil Kenya has in fact already produced 450,000 barrels via an early oil pilot scheme that was operational from June 2018 to June 2020. Oil was produced from the Amosing and Ngamia fields then trucked from Turkana to Mombasa. Full details on Project Oil Kenya are available in the “Projects” section within your Hawilti+ research terminal.