Total Eren and NBT Secure the Financing for the First Phase of The 250 MW Syvash Wind Project in Ukraine from a Consortium Led by EBRD

KIEV, Ukraine & PARIS & OSLO, Norway–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NBT AS (“NBT”), a utility-scale wind power developer based in Oslo,
and Total Eren SA (“Total Eren”), a leading renewable energy Independent
Power Producer (“IPP”) based in Paris, have signed definitive financing
agreements for the first phase of a 250 MW wind project located in the
Kherson region of Ukraine. The €155M financing agreement was signed at a
special meeting of Ukraine’s National Investment Council in Davos. The
project’s start of construction is imminent.


The onshore wind project, called Syvash wind farm (“Syvash”) has been
developed by Norway-based NBT together with France-based Total Eren. At
its full capacity, Syvash represents a €380 million total investment.
Syvash will consist of 64 wind turbines and will be located on 1,300
hectares of land in the southern Kherson region of Ukraine. Once
completed, it is expected to become the country’s largest renewable
energy project.

Syvash is the first internationally financed large-scale wind farm in
Ukraine. An A/B loan of up to €155 million has been raised for the
construction of the initial 133 MW phase. It will consist of a €75
million EBRD loan, while B-Loans of up to €75 million will be provided
jointly by the Green for Growth Fund (GGF) and the Netherlands
Development Finance Company (FMO). A parallel loan of €5 million will be
provided by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO).

The Syvash wind farm will be built to very high international standards,
conforming to EBRD Performance Standards and Equator Principles. The
electricity generated from Syvash will be sold to state-owned company
“Energorynok” – Ukraine’s wholesale electricity market operator. Once
the full project is constructed, it will have a planned production of
850 GWh per year, and will generate enough electricity to meet the needs
of approximately 100,000 households in the municipality of Rivne, in
Ukraine. It is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 470,000 tonnes per
year, hence creating a positive impact on the environment.

The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract has been
signed with PowerChina, one of the largest power plant construction
companies worldwide and Nordex Group, a leading producer of onshore wind
turbines. Construction work is expected to start in a few weeks. The
project will bring economic development and significant tax revenues to
the Kherson region and will have a lasting economics impact even after
its construction is completed.

Syvash represents Total Eren and NBT’s first project in Ukraine, a
country with high potential for renewable energy sources, combined with
strong local support from the Ukrainian Government, the Office of the
National Investment Council, regional authorities and other partners to
develop the Ukrainian renewable energy market.

David Corchia, CEO of Total Eren, stated: “This signature
marks an important milestone for Total Eren in extending its development
efforts to Eastern Europe with a project of this scale. We are proud to
have mobilized, together with our partner NBT, this trusted lender group
led by EBRD and look forward to starting construction and finalizing the
second phase of the project. We see tremendous potential for further
development for Total Eren in Ukraine.”

Joar Viken, CEO of NBT, stated: “We are extremely happy that
we can invest along with our strategic partner Total Eren in
utility-scale wind farms that will power the sustainable future growth
of Ukraine. The 250MW Syvash wind farm is just the start of our plans to
invest a considerable amount of capital in our large pipeline of wind
projects in Ukraine over the next two to three years. With improved
business climate in Ukraine and success of this international project
financing, we envision that private commercial institutions and
international investors will see the benefits of investing in Ukraine.
In addition, we foresee potential interest for Green Bonds to financing
NBT’s pipeline of new wind projects in Ukraine. We look forward to
working with the Government of Ukraine and our strategic partners to
support our expansion plans for investing in wind power in Ukraine.”

About Total Eren

Founded in 2012 by Pâris Mouratoglou and David Corchia, Total Eren has
built up a substantial and diversified portfolio of wind, solar and
hydroelectric assets representing an installed gross capacity of more
than 1,300 MW in operation or under construction worldwide. Through
partnerships with local developers, Total Eren is currently developing
numerous energy projects in countries and regions where renewable energy
represents an economically viable response to growing energy demand,
such as in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America. Its objective is to
achieve a global net installed capacity of more than 3 GW by 2022. On 1
December 2017, Total S.A, the major energy company, acquired an indirect
23% interest in Total Eren. For more information, go to www.total-eren.com.

About NBT

NBT AS is a developer and operator of utility-scale wind farms in
emerging markets. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Oslo,
Norway. NBT has operations in Norway, China, Cyprus, Sweden, Singapore
and Ukraine. For more information, go to www.nbtas.no.

Contacts

Media relations
Solange Petit de Bantel (Total Eren)
+33
1 58 97 58 07
solange.debantel@total-eren.com

Yannick Tetzlaff, Laura de Carné (Brunswick Group)
+33 1 53 96 83 83
eren@brunswickgroup.com

Anniken Jensen (NBT)
+47 452 69 023
Anniken.Jensen@nbtas.no