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  • 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

  • The Peruvian PPP push

    Peru is one of many countries around the world hoping to boost economic performance by closing its infrastructure gap

  • Argentina's PPPs – potholes ahead

    A poisonous cocktail of corruption scandals, rising inflation, high interest rates and declining investor confidence threatens Argentina’s roads programme, just as it was gaining momentum

  • Alto Maipo: good hydro, gone bad

    A second restructuring for the 531MW Alto Maipo has saved a hydro project which has faced engineering challenges, several delays, environmental opposition, and changes in equity

  • Santa Vitoria do Palmar financing, Brazil

    IDB Invest recently closed a total credit guarantee to help finance Atlantic Renewable Energy's 207MW Santa Vitoria do Palmar wind complex in Rio Grande do Sul, in a peculiar transaction that saw the private sector arm of the IDB Group provide a guarantee greater than the total value of the infrastructure debentures issued to fund the project

  • Panama weighs up the alternatives

    Early last week the governments of the US and Panama signed a memorandum of understanding to promote energy and infrastructure investments in the Central American country. A particular focus of the agreement is an attempt to catalyse private sector investments into upstream energy production, power generation, transmission and distribution, and energy use projects

  • Mexico readies for power auction amid uncertainty

    Mexico's fourth round of power auctions will happen before the new government takes power, but AMLO's administration has already started to release policy changes

  • LatAm healthcare PPPs – just what the doctor ordered

    Latin America’s healthcare demand has been steadily increasing, outpacing supply, and has created a thirst for more infrastructure across the region

  • Meza la Paz wind farm, Mexico

    The Mesa la Paz wind project may have started a new way of financing energy projects in the country, with bonds covering both construction period and a long-term PPA.

  • The Mexican infra revolution

    Few things throw a cat among the pigeons more effectively for a national infrastructure programme than a change in political leadership – and that’s precisely what’s happened in Mexico

  • World Cup 2018 – the infra pitch

    When it comes to an international showdown, I have to admit that infrastructure’s a lot closer to my heart than football (forgive me, I’m Scottish). However, in the spirit day as the World Cup 2018 plays out on screens around the globe, it seems only fair to turn the focus on the beautiful game and draw inevitable comparisons with… infrastructure

  • A rocky road ahead for Argentina's PPPs

    The recent award of six toll roads in Argentina should have been a moment of triumph for President Mauricio Macri's government, which has made increased infrastructure investment a priority. But the country's macroeconomic situation limited interest in the auction and has cast a shadow over the future of the projects

  • Ituango hydro: hopes for sunrise over flooded lands

    The almost literally collapsing Ituango hydropower project in Colombia may open the way to a faster development of renewables in the country

  • 2018-2020 infra pipeline in Peru

    Peru’s Private Investment Promotion Agency is conducting roadshows around the world to attract new investment to the country’s substantial pipeline of infrastructure projects. Opportunities for investors and contractors are vast. The Latin American country hopes the international investor community is more sympathetic to its petitions than FIFA has been

  • EXCLUSIVE Arroyo Seco and Timbúes CHPs, Argentina

    Project finance is finally taking off in Argentina’s energy sector after a years-long dry spell, with only a precious few projects making it to financial close in 2017. Now Argentina’s second-largest energy producer Albanesi Energia has closed the financing for two cogeneration heat and power plant projects in Santa Fe

  • More to Colombia than just 4G

    Colombian cities are following the lead of the capital Bogota and are trying to launch a pipeline of infra PPPs

  • Sparks of life in Brazilian transmission

    The Brazilian government sees investment in transmission assets as a key tool in boosting the country’s economy. After a number of years of limited interest in development auctions, improved returns for investors in 2016 revealed an increased appetite for transmission projects

  • EXCLUSIVE The Colombia 4G slow down

    Distrust in the government and corruption scandals have made most banks hit the brake

  • 4G Colombian road sets new financing standard

    The financing of the road Ruta al Mar may represent a new financing paradigm with a combination of bonds and loans; first private international emission; use of local currency.

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