Ex-Im Bank Approves $35m Loan Guarantee to Devco

By John Lee.

The board of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) voted to guarantee a JPMorgan Chase loan totaling $35 million to Devco International LLC (Devco) of Tulsa, Okla., for the design and construction of a sulfur purification plant in Mosul, Iraq.

Ex-Im Bank's financing will support approximately 380 U.S. jobs, according to bank estimates derived from Departments of Commerce and Labor data and methodology.

"This significant transaction not only supports American small-business jobs here at home, but it also supports the sulfur and agricultural industries in Iraq," said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg. "By providing a working-capital guarantee, Ex-Im Bank is demonstrating that we are always looking to support U.S. exporters and grow our economy by creating quality jobs here at home."

Devco utilizes as part of its design a modular concept that maximizes labor concentration in a fabrication-shop environment. The company will design, procure, fabricate, and pre-assemble the plant in the United States and then ship the plant in modular form to Iraq. Upon arrival, Al Hawarth, an Iraqi-owned company, will re-assemble the facility outside the riverside city of Mosul.

The plant will process sulfur from underground deposits utilizing a priority process, Submerged Combustion Distillation, developed by CTI Consulting of New Orleans, La. The Al-Mishraq Sulphur State Company, which will own and operate the facility, plans to retail the purified sulfur output in Iraq for domestic use. Sulfur is a key ingredient in fertilizer and therefore is in demand within the agricultural sector.

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