Ex-Im Bank Approves $641 Million to Finance the Export of U.S. Refinery Equipment to Turkey

Transaction Supports 3,000 Jobs

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a boost for U.S. jobs, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has authorized a $640.7 million direct loan to Star Refineri A.S. (Star) of Istanbul, Turkey, that will finance the export of American-made oil refinery equipment and support approximately 3,000 U.S. jobs, according to bank estimates derived from Departments of Commerce and Labor data and methodology.

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"This important transaction will support the export of cutting-edge American equipment," said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg. "Moreover, the transaction will help a vital industry in Turkey and support 3,000 U.S. jobs across America. The growth we see in the energy sector around the globe bolsters jobs here at home."

The American-made equipment will factor in Star's construction of an oil refinery in Aliaga, Turkey, approximately 30 miles north of Izmir on the Aegean coast. Upon completion in 2017, the refinery will process crude oil in addition to various other petrochemicals, including naphtha, LPG, and xylenes.

ABOUT EX-IM BANK:

Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that creates and maintains U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers. In the past five years (from Fiscal Year 2008), Ex-Im Bank has earned for U.S. taxpayers nearly $1.6 billion above the cost of operations. The Bank provides a variety of financing mechanisms, including working capital guarantees, export-credit insurance and financing to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. goods and services.

Ex-Im Bank approved $35.8 billion in total authorizations in FY 2012 – an all-time Ex-Im record. This total includes more than $6.1 billion directly supporting small-business export sales – also an Ex-Im record. Ex-Im Bank's total authorizations are supporting an estimated $50 billion in U.S. export sales and approximately 255,000 American jobs in communities across the country. For more information, visit www.exim.gov.

SOURCE Export-Import Bank of the United States



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