3 int'l lenders commit 175M euros for Istanbul metro extension

Published 27.09.2019 00:06
Updated 27.09.2019 11:51

Three global lenders are providing 175 million euros ($191.52 million) in loans to finance the construction of a new metro line in Istanbul.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has arranged a 97.5 million euros syndicated loan, of which French bank Societe Generale will provide a tranche of 20 million euros, the EBRD said in a statement Thursday.

An additional loan of 77.5 million euros will be extended separately by the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB), which is based in Greece and serves the 11 founding members of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), including Turkey.

The new 13-kilometer line project will cost 410 million euros and is expected to add a total of 350,000 passengers a day to the city's rail transport network.

The construction of the new metro line will be complemented by two depot tunnels for rolling stock and a single connection tunnel.

"The project is remarkable as it addresses some of the key challenges facing Istanbul, such as improving urban transport and reducing environmental pollution, bringing tangible improvements to people's lives," said Arvid Tuerkner, the EBRD managing director for Turkey.

Since 2009, the EBRD, a leading institutional investor in Turkey, has invested more than 11.5 billion euros in some 300 projects.

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