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  • Germany: walking on cooling coals

    A German government-appointed commission announced on 26 January that the country should shut down all of its coal-fired power plants by 2030 at the latest. The German government and 16 regional states must now implement the roadmap proposals

  • Mind the MLFs – a warning for Australian renewables

    With surprisingly material reductions for Marginal Loss Factors emerging in the AEMO draft figures this month, the owners of Australian wind and solar assets may start to consider policy ideas such as renewable energy zones and revising the risk sharing arrangements with offtakers

  • Peruvian broadband: Get connected

    Telecoms projects are on the rise across Latin America, including Peru, where ProInversión in January awarded six broadband network PPP projects for a total investment of $358 million

  • You queue and wait - Kuwait PPP

    Kuwait has once again restructured its PPP agency to kick-start stalled projects. Despite numerous delays and setbacks, its infrastructure ambitions remain extensive

  • AMLO's new Mexican infra reality

    The cancellation of major projects and a lack of clarity on government plans are making international investors nervous about Mexico though the country's infrastructure need is still significant

  • Bulgaria's contentious energy mix

    Huge uncertainty surrounds planned new nuclear power units and existing coal-fired plants in Bulgaria, which should create opportunities for other types of generation. However, renewable energy development and generation has slowed in the country in recent years

  • Nachtigal hydropower, Cameroon

    What was originally planned as a captive power project for a Rio Tinto smelter will become the largest hydropower IPP in Africa once constructed

  • Charged with uncertainty - EV charging infra

    Various public and private led funds are being raised in early 2019 targeting electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Private investors are battling with oil majors and energy utilities for dominance of this nascent market, as appropriate financing structures remain up for debate

  • Renewables across the Sahara

    North Africa has the weather conditions and large tracts of open land needed to support significant solar and wind power development

  • Canada's energy diversification in 2019

    Canada updated its coal-fired electricity regulations in December (2018), introducing much stricter measures. The country is now targeting 90% of electricity from non-emitting sources by 2030, and decreasing carbon pollution from the electricity sector by 12.8 million tonnes.

  • Breaking a Radius and slashing bonuses

    Cancellation of the auction for Ørsted's Danish power distribution and street lighting businesses – Radius and City Light – has become a bone of contention for the infrastructure market as bidders are sent packing

  • Privatisations remain airborne in Brazil

    The drive to bring private capital into Brazil's state-dominated airport sector has been constant in recent years, despite political volatility that has slowed down the privatisation process

  • The French broadband connection

    Local authorities are plugging the gaps in France's high-speed broadband coverage left behind by traditional telecoms operators by awarding concession contracts under a PPP model

  • Greece tries to swap EU funds for PPPs

    In early October, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu visited Greece to inaugurate two major transport projects – the Tithorea-Domokos railway line and Thriassio Pedio Freight Complex

  • Ethiopia’s bold renewable energy ambitions

    Ethiopia has huge renewable energy potential. Its government estimates the country to produce roughly 45GW of hydropower alone, though only 5% of this potential has yet been realised

  • US airports – hashtag flying too

    Everyone has an airport horror story and – curiously – many of them occur in America. For a First World nation that embraced flight early as the favoured mode of transport, it remains a curiosity that the user experience is so… Third World

  • Italy's infrastructure under pressure

    At a time when Italy is in urgent need of investment in infrastructure, a number of projects are suffering delays due to indebted construction companies and political pressures. A dispute between the national government and the EU is creating economic uncertainty, and the recent Morandi bridge disaster is casting a dark shadow over all private sector-led projects in the country

  • Brazilian power buyers flock to 'free' market

    Private power purchase agreements, increasingly prevalent in developed countries and some developing nations such as Mexico, are on the rise in Brazil

  • Thailand – transport of delight

    Casting an eye around the global infra market for this week’s missive, the first thought was to write about American airports, but Thanksgiving put the kibosh on that. The second option was PPP across Asia Pacific, but that’s just too much shoe-horn into one story. Then, after a few calls with chums in Singapore, the eye fell on Thailand… and stayed there

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