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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

  • Institutional investors – doing it for themselves

    There’s a growing trend in the infrastructure community for institutional investors to “go it alone”, eschewing the services of fund managers as they deploy big tickets across the global market

  • Infra fundraising – oops we did it again

    It’s unseemly to crow about one’s victories in the heavily-contested area of data gathering on fundraising by unlisted, global infrastructure funds… but sadly, it’s also irresistible. Over the course of 2018, IJInvestor logged final close on $104 billion raised by funds – closed- and open-ended, with equity and debt strategies – putting us a country mile ahead of our rivals

  • 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

  • Investment in India gathers momentum

    IJInvestor data shows that international funds and institutional investors are already active in the market. There are 36 active funds focusing solely on India with a target of investing over $90 billion of capital

  • 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

  • Infra funds – global fundraising

    While 2018 failed to log a mega fund final close – something infra hacks love to hang a story round – this last year managed to break fundraising records across a slew of smaller vehicles, the vast majority of which are (not surprisingly) focused on equity

  • Infrastructure – in a league (table) of its own

    When it comes to analysing activity across the global infrastructure finance landscape, it’s always reassuring to confirm the accuracy – often not the case – of received industry wisdom, while also identifying trends that are less obvious to those who perhaps fail to see the trees for the woods

  • Infra fund dilemma – blame the pig or the feeder?

    In the same week that Luxembourg announced plans to legalise cannabis (and make all public transport free), folk have been wondering whether many infrastructure fund managers will domicile in the small European duchy to enjoy the benefits of a liberal system while they play fast and loose with targets and hard caps

  • 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

  • New fundtiers: novel UK investment opportunities

    The last few weeks has seen the launch of several new types of speciality infrastructure fund for alternative assets in the UK. Each specialises in a niche proposition though all look to support the energy transition

  • Java 1 CCGT/FSRU, Indonesia

    The procurement of the Java 1 combined gas-fired and FSRU was launched as an open tender, and was supposed to become the template for subsequent deals

  • 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

  • InfraCo Asia divestment of Coc San hydro stake, Vietnam

    InfraCo Asia has completed the sale of its 33.4% interest in the operational 29.7MW Coc San run-of-river hydro plant in Vietnam to Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Company

  • Infra funds – cards on the table again

    In anticipation of publication of our quarterly funds and investors report, the temptation is too great to hold back our key findings, laying our cards on the table and smiling knowingly at rivals that our data wins the day again

  • Shouting at credit committees

    After a lumpy year to date and a deathly-quiet August, the global infrastructure community is bracing for a rush to Christmas with many fearing that the first quarter of 2019 will be fairly sedate – particularly in Europe

  • Powering down Peru's renewable energy auctions

    Despite being a steadily growing investment grade economy with a relatively stable currency and consolidated rule of law, Peru has in recent time not received as much attention from international energy developers and investors as some of its LatAm peers. This has much to do with the sense that Peru has overbuilt its power market

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