Azerbaijan energy firm uses Eurobond proceeds for refinery, debt buyback

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Azeri state energy company SOCAR has used proceeds of a recent $750 million Eurobond to invest in the construction of a refinery on Turkey’s Aegean coast and plans to use the rest to buy back part of an older issue, SOCAR’s vice president said on Wednesday.

SOCAR is building the $5.5 billion Star refinery to supply feedstock to petrochemicals maker Petkim, which will help cut Turkey’s dependence on imported refined oil products.

The company issued a debut Eurobond of $500 million in 2012. It placed $750 million worth of 15-year Eurobonds in March 2015.

“Part of Eurobonds’ proceeds in amount of $500 million has been used for Star refinery, while the rest $250 million is now at the International Bank of Azerbaijan and will be used to buy back part of a previous issue,” Suleiman Gasymov told reporters.

SOCAR Turkey is the sole owner of the Star refinery after Turkish energy firm Turcas Petrol said last year it sold its 18.5 percent stake for $59.39 million.




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