China Eximbank provides $86 million USD buyer’s credit loan for 168 km El Fashir-Um Kaddada Road Construction Project (Linked to Umbrellas #57039, #54079)
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Funding agency [Type]
Export-Import Bank of China [State-owned Policy Bank]
Transport and storage (Code: 210)
Export Buyer's Credit
On 29 July 2008, China Eximbank and the Government of Sudan signed a $3 billion USD oil-backed master framework agreement (or line of credit) to finance various infrastructure projects (see Umbrella Project ID#57039). This resources-credit cooperation package is backed by future revenues from the sale of oil exports. Each subsidiary buyer’s credit loan (BCL) issued through the framework agreement carries a 15-year maturity and 5.6% interest rate.One of the subsidiary loans approved through this agreement in 2009 was a $86 million USD BCL for the 168 km El Fashir-Um Kaddada Road Construction Project (See: 'Eastern Promises: New Data On Chinese Loans in Africa, 2000 to 2014,' p. 19). The proceeds from this BCL were used to partially finance a $96 million commercial contract signed in 2009 with China Poly Group Corporation and China Railway 18th Bureau. This project involved the construction of a 168km road in Northern Darfur that begins in the city of El Fashir (الفاشر, the capital of Northern Darfur State) and extends eastward to Um Kaddada (أم كدّد;أمّ كدّادة) in Northern Darfur State. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on 14 January 2010, and the project was officially completed on 5 January 2015.The 168 km El Fashir-Um Kaddada Road is part of a larger, $650 million USD Western Salvation Highway, which links Khartoum to Western states in Darfur (see Umbrella Project ID#54079). The other roads that make up the Western Salvation Highway include Projects ID#1050, ID#1013, ID#1053, and ID#1059.
This project is also known as the 168 km Aum Kadada-Alfashir Road Project and the 168 km Aum-Fa Road Project. The Chinese project title is “法希尔-乌姆卡达达”公路项目 or “法-乌”公路工程 or 部法希尔至乌木凯达代公路项目 or 州乌姆卡达达至法希尔公路项目 or 西部救国路 or 已贯通使用的苏丹乌法公路.SAIS-CARI identifies the loan maturity as 20 years and the interest rate as 3.5%. For the time being, AidData relies on the loan maturity and interest rate that was supposed to apply to all subsidiary loans approved through the $3 billion oil-backed master framework agreement (see Umbrella Project ID#57039).
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Receiving agencies [Type]
Government of Sudan [Government Agency]
Implementing agencies [Type]
China Poly Group Corporation [State-owned Company]; China Railway 18th Bureau Group Co. Ltd. [State-owned Company]; Sudan Ministry of Transport, Roads, and Bridges [Government Agency]
Future revenues from the sale of oil exports