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  • 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

  • Shuaa Energy 1 solar PV, Dubai

    The 200MW second stage of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) solar photovoltaic development at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park has caught the eye of global investors

  • H1 2015 League Tables Analysis: Europe attracts highest DFI lending

    Total development finance lending into global project finance deals contracted in the first half of 2015 to a value of just over $12 billion, according to the IJGlobal H1 2015 League Tables

  • Data Analysis: GCC builds fewer new MWs

    The demand for new power generating capacity in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is waning

  • Data Analysis: The pace of financial close

    Germany, Canada and Australia average the shortest periods between preferred bidder and financial close among countries with PPP programmes

  • The impacts of Acwa Power’s low tariff bids

    Saudi Arabia-based developer Acwa Power has again bid lowest in an open tender for a power project in the Middle East and Africa

  • Safi coal-fired, Morocco

    The 1,320MW Safi independent power producer (IPP) project in Morocco will be the largest privately developed power plant in Africa to sign financing agreements this year

  • Carry on Cairo?

    Newly elected President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has prioritised major infrastructure projects for his first term in office but despite the rhetoric, the North African country has a lot to do before it can start to attract significant international investment

  • Tamar refinancing, Israel

    The successful – and attractively-priced – five-tranche $2 billion bond refinancing for Delek Group’s stake in the Tamar gas field should make bonds more attractive to other upstream producers

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