SOURCE: WestLB

January 10, 2008 17:00 ET

WestLB Closes USD 88.5 Million Financing for the First Private and Largest Geothermal Plant in Turkey

One of the First Foreign Banks to Finance Renewable Energy in the Country

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 10, 2008) - WestLB's London Energy Team announced today that it closed the documentation for the first private and largest geothermal power plant near the city of Izmir in Turkey, raising a USD 88.5 million limited recourse financing for Gurmat Elektrik Uretim A.S.

WestLB acted as Sole Mandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner. The deal was over subscribed with Vakif, Isbank, Akbank, Tekfen and TSKB committing USD 132.5 million.

Gurmat Elektrik Uretim, Turkey's ninth largest EPC contractor, is expected to be the first power plant to benefit from the recently enacted Renewable Energy Law in Turkey, which guarantees a tariff of 5.0 to 5.5 Euro cents per KWh as well as priority dispatch. "The approval of the Turkish Renewable Energy Law follows the example of the leading renewable energy countries in Europe, like Germany and Spain. This Law will help develop the power sector in the country and encourage local and international banks to support investments in the power sector," said Susana Vivares, Executive Director, WestLB's Global Energy Group.

The 47.4MW power plant will be driven by steam from a Germencik geothermal reservoir, one of the hottest in the country. The project benefits from strong sponsor support by Guris Insaat ve Muhendislik and Guris Holding, one the largest construction groups in Turkey. The sponsors are providing a completion guarantee for this milestone project in their strategy to diversify into the energy business.

The Senior Secured Commercial Facility will be used to finance the construction and start-up costs. The facility has a one-year grace period during construction followed by 10 years of straight line amortisation with an average life less than six years.

"WestLB is proud to have led this noteworthy financing in Turkey," said Tom Murray, Global Head of Energy. He added, "WestLB has been at the forefront of the renewable sector globally, with leadership positions in solar, wind, hydro and renewable fuels. We are very focused on Turkey as a growth market and will be in the syndication market soon with another large Turkish renewable deal."

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(NOTE: 3rd Quarter Earnings Release as of September 30, 2007 distributed to public on December 6, 2007)

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