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  • Data analysis: North America beats Europe as fundraising focus

    Fundraising activities have been geared towards global opportunities in the past eighteen months, with North America beating Europe for funds with a regional focus

  • Sohar and Barka IWPs, Oman

    Developers of the Sohar and Barka independent water projects (IWP) in Oman agreed financing with groups of local and international banks, respectively, in recent months. Despite the projects’ similarities their financings show the divergent routes sponsors took

  • EXCLUSIVE DFIs keen for Egyptian solar despite uncertainty

    Uncertainty over Egypt’s 2,000MW solar feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme means a number of projects are unlikely to happen but financiers still appear keen to take part in a planned follow-up to the first round

  • Data Analysis: Solar and wind opportunities surge in MENA

    The value of active pipeline and procurement wind and solar energy deals in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region reached a new peak of $7.8 billion in 2016 and is trending upwards, according to IJGlobal data

  • Dubai attracts lowest solar tariff, again

    A bid of less than $0.03 per kWh for the up-to 800MW Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum solar project in Dubai could see the Emirate producing the world’s cheapest solar electricity. Only 18 months after Dubai achieved the previous record, the GCC state is yet again setting a benchmark for global renewables

  • Data Analysis: Conventional power remains resilient in MENA

    The value of active power deals in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has broadly held steady despite fears that pipeline opportunities would dry up this year

  • Facility D IWPP, Qatar

    A Mitsubishi-led consortium wrapped up financing of the 2,400MW facility D independent water and power producer (IWPP) earlier this week, arranging some $3 billion in financing with nine international and local banks

  • The art of arranging

    Commercial banks are often judged by the total value of debt provided to clients over a specific period. During a time of restricted balance sheets and increased regulation however, it may be worth considering other ways to measure performance

  • PP11 gas-fired refinancing, Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Electric Company (SEC) and Engie took advantage of the existing low price environment to refinance almost $1.14 billion of debt on the gas-fired PP11 power plant in Saudi Arabia

  • Why are law firms leaving Abu Dhabi?

    A number of international law firms have recently closed representative offices in Abu Dhabi, only a few years after opening them, after expected opportunities in the emirate failed to materialise

  • Liwa Plastics, Oman

    The Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Corporation (Orpic) completed the financing of its greenfield $6.5 billion Liwa Plastics petrochemical complex in early March 2016

  • Data Analysis: Water projects in MENA

    The value of active pipeline and procurement deals in the water sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has grown by 10% on year

  • Egypt's FX issue threatens PPP pipeline

    An unwillingness to take currency risk on projects is delaying Egyptian projects with a high dollar requirement and could put the country’s public private partnership (PPP) pipeline at risk

  • Data Analysis: GCC refinancings surge

    Refinancing of energy and infrastructure projects in the GCC countries totalled $10.7 billion in 2015, the highest yet since 2010, driven in particular by deals in the United Arab Emirates which accounted for over $6.2 billion of the total, according to IJGlobal data

  • PPP in the GCC

    Several Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are investigating ways of utilising more private finance to fund future infrastructure projects, as a reaction to depressed oil prices

  • The return of international lenders to MENA power?

    International lenders have provided less proportionally than local banks to Middle East and North African power and water deals during the last two years, IJGlobal data shows

  • Dubai’s PPP law signals infrastructure intent

    Dubai passed its new public private partnership (PPP) law last month, signalling the emirate’s intent to use more private capital to develop future infrastructure projects

  • Has Israel missed its gas export opportunity?

    Israel may come to regret dragging its heels on the development of the Leviathan offshore gas field, as a major new discovery in Egypt could limit its future export opportunities

  • Salalah II IPP, Oman

    Acwa Power and Mitsui’s financing for the 445MW Salalah II independent power producer (IPP) project is a further step in the privatisation of Oman's power market

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