18 Oct 2018
EUR 35 million
Financial institutions and SMEs
|Date of loan:||14 Jun 2013|
|Customer:||Helgeland Veiutvikling AS|
|Amount in NOK:||NOK 320 million|
|Amount in EUR:||EUR 41.9 million|
|NACE sector / loan type:||Construction|
|Business area:||Infrastructure, transportation and telecom|
The loan has been provided to finance a new stretch of road in northern Norway, including a 10.7 kilometre long tunnel. The 35-kilometre road, less prone to winter closure, will shorten driving distances in the area, thus serving as a competitive enhancer for the regional fishing, petroleum and dairy industries.
Helgeland Veiutvikling is a regional non-profit special purpose vehicle (SPV) owned by municipalities in Helgeland, Nordland County and local banks. The SPV has been established to finance road projects in the region as well as to collect road tolls.
Improvements in infrastructure in the Helgeland region are important for the local population and industries. Improved road connections will lead to shorter transportation times and reduced costs, while better standard and safety measures will lead to fewer accidents. Moreover, improved infrastructure should enhance the external market access and the competitiveness of the local industries.
The project will result in a decrease of CO2 emissions due to shorter distances for the transport of fish and oil-field deliveries. The main sustainability issues are the protection of cultural heritage sites, agreements with landowners and reduction of noise levels.