EDC provides USD 30 million in financing to China Gas Holdings

    OTTAWA, Aug. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Export Development Canada (EDC) today
announced it has signed a line of credit for USD 30 million with China Gas
Holdings Limited of Hong Kong, the first time EDC has ever signed a commercial
line of credit with a Chinese buyer of Canadian exports.
    Under the terms of the deal, China Gas will purchase compressed natural
gas (CNG) equipment from IMW Industries Ltd. of Chilliwack, British Columbia.
    "EDC's commercial solution for China Gas not only provided a customer for
a valued Canadian exporter, but helped to build links in China for Canadian
supply and expertise in the energy sector," said Stephen Poloz, Senior
Vice-President, Financing Products Group. "This deal represents the first
commercial line of credit EDC has arranged for a Chinese buyer, which will
help to expand EDC's presence in this key market."
    In April of this year, International Trade Minister Hon. Stockwell Day
and Mr. Poloz witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
on procurement between China Gas and IMW Industries, a matchmaking
relationship strengthened by EDC's participation in previous China Gas
syndicated loans.
    The line of credit over five years will provide financing for equipment
purchases by China Gas which is building a network of natural gas fueling
stations for buses and taxis. The natural gas distribution industry in China
has been named a national priority and is set for strong growth as the Chinese
government establishes reforms and regulations to make the business more
sustainable and environmentally beneficial.
    "The CNG car refueling industry in China is so large and so new that a
sound and reliable technical support on our expeditious business rollout plan
will be the key for us to capture the market share quickly," said Mr. Minghui
Liu, Managing Director of China Gas. "China Gas plans to build at least 120
CNG refueling stations in the coming three years. We are glad to team up with
IMW Industries as our major equipment supplier in this business in China, and
are particularly delighted to have EDC enhancing our relationship with IMW and
providing us with this export credit facility to finance our business rollout.
This demonstrates EDC's trust and confidence in China Gas in this business
prospect in China."
    "This transaction is a successful example of how Canadian companies can,
with EDC's support, provide world class technology around the globe," said
Brad Miller, President of IMW Canada. "This project will reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by over 150,000 tonnes over the next three years, a significant
achievement for China."

    China Gas Holdings Limited is a natural gas services operator,
principally engaging in the investment, construction and management of city
gas pipeline infrastructure, distribution of natural gas and LPG to
residential, industrial and commercial users, construction and operation of
oil stations and gas stations, and development and application of oil, natural
gas and LPG related technologies. Major shareholders of the Company include
the Haixia Economy and Technology Cooperation Centre under the Taiwan Affairs
Office of the State Council of China, Asian Development Bank, Sinopec, the
second largest oil and gas company in China, and Gail (India) Limited, the
largest natural gas company in India under the control of Indian federal
government, and Oman Oil Company, S.A.O.C., and SK Group, the largest energy
company in Korea. To date, China Gas owns a total of 121 natural gas projects,
including exclusive piped gas development rights in 110 cities and regions,
eight natural gas pipeline transmission projects, one natural gas exploration
project, and one natural gas purification project, as well as the license to
import and export LNG and other fuel products in China, and 35 LPG
distribution projects.

    EDC is Canada's export credit agency, offering innovative commercial
solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international
business. EDC's knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 8,300
Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide
each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining, a recognized leader in
financial reporting and economic analysis, and has been recognized as one of
Canada's Top 100 Employers for eight consecutive years.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Phil Taylor, Export Development
Canada, Tel: (613) 598-2904, Blackberry: ptaylor@edc.ca

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