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Project name
Otogar-Bağcılar-Ikitelli-Olimpic Village Metro Project
Project ID
Fiscal year
Not Active
Guarantee holder
Istanbul Branch
Investor country
Host country
Environmental category
Date SPG disclosed
November 16, 2010
Project Board date
December 20, 2010
Gross exposure
 $19.5 million
Project type
ESRS for Rail Transit Network in Istanbul

View Summary of Proposed Guarantee

On December 27, 2010, MIGA issued a guarantee of $19.5 million to cover an investment by WestLB of Germany in the Otogar-Bağcılar-Ikitelli-Olimpic Village Metro Project in Turkey. MIGA’s guarantee is for a period of up to three years against the risk of non-honoring of sovereign financial obligations. It covers a guarantee by the Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul (MMI) on a loan amount of up to $21 million that WestLB AG’s branch office in Istanbul (WestLB Istanbul) has extended to Istanbul Electricity, Tram and Tunnel, a general directorate of MMI, which is financing the expansion of the project in Istanbul.

The project consists of two parts. The first section of the project, “Otogar-Kirazlı LRT”, will extend the existing Light Rail Transit from the Otogar (intercity bus terminal) to densely developed residential areas in Bağcılar and Kirazlı. The second phase of the project, “Kirazlı -Ikitelli-Başak Konut/Olimpic Village Metro” will create a new metro line that will connect the Ikitelli Organized Industrial Area and the new residential areas developed at Ikitelli to the rail network of Istanbul.

Section one, Otogar-Kirazlı LRT, which consists of a double-track system of 5,510 meters to serve five stations, is the western extension of the existing LRT track operating between Aksaray and the International Airport. Section two, Kirazlı-Ikitelli-Başak

Konut/Olimpic Village Metro, which consists of a double track system of 15,834 meters to serve 11 stations, will be the western extension of the metro track planned to operate between Yenikapı and Kirazlı.

By extending coverage of the metro system to the suburban and light manufacturing areas to the west, the project will help improve urban mobility, and reduce travel times and traffic, thereby contributing to urban productivity and private sector-led growth. In addition, the expansion of public transportation in the city will reduce dependence on roads and motorways, which will help reduce the growth of transport-related greenhouse gases and, through the reduction in pollution, help make Istanbul a more attractive business location.

The project is also aligned with the World Bank Group’s Country Partnership Strategy for Turkey. Improving transportation infrastructure is a key component of the Bank Group’s focus on helping Turkey improve its competitiveness and employment opportunities.

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