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  • Another Covid-19 article – MENA edition

    Low oil prices offset by logistical challenges have been the mainstay of the energy and infra market in the Middle East & North Africa during the Covid-19 pandemic – nonetheless, two projects have reached financial close so far and some sponsors are confident of keeping their assets safe from infection

  • Ibri II solar PV, Oman

    Oman’s first utility-scale, grid connected renewable energy project reached financial close just as the world entered economic turmoil caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

  • Stir crazy and staying safe

    We’re all in the same boat now – moving like cagey tigers in our allotted territories, wading through thousands of unnecessary emails, wrestling with yesterday’s wonder technology innovation… all the while maintaining an ostensibly-genial appearance for the nearest and dearest

  • Dammam West ISTP, Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia is near to closing on the first in a long pipeline of independent sewage treatment plants (ISTPs) - the $230 million Dammam West project

  • B-Day landings in World War 5G

    Wow. What a week to have lived through. It started with UK prime minister Boris Johnson revealing that Huawei would be involved in the roll-out of 5G in Britain – potentially leading to a schism with the US – and ended with Brexit… a rift with Europe

  • Facility D IWPP expansion, Qatar

    While development of the new Facility E IWPP progresses slowly, Qatar’s General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has signed off on a rapid $486.25 million expansion of its existing Facility D IWPP

  • No, actually… it’s all about us!

    When we go out to meetings and dare to drop into the conversation the subject of awards nights, it can go either of two ways. Either they lean in, ears pricking up… or they peer at you through fingers, shaking heads vigorously

  • Umm al Quwain IWP, UAE

    Only a few remaining conditions precedent stand in the way of ACWA Power reaching financial close on a second desalination facility in the United Arab Emirates in just one month – the latest being the $800 million Umm al Quwain IWP

  • Taweelah IWP, United Arab Emirates

    Abu Dhabi is going to be home to not only the world's largest independent water producer (IWP) but also the world’s cheapest tariff for desalinated water thanks to the $1.2 billion Taweelah IWP

  • Three’s a crowd: the trouble with ME tenders

    A messy cancellation of a tender in Kuwait this week demonstrates why making advisers bid collectively for mandates has significant downsides

  • Another year older, another year…

    There are certain things by which you can chart your life and it’s a little bit sad when it dawns on you that IJGlobal’s quarterly league tables have become a landmark for tracking the flow of years

  • Infra M&A – virus that proves the vaccine?

    Are people paying too much for infra and energy assets? Has the market finally reached the stage where stupendously stupid things are being done? With a market correction on the way, are the wheels about to fall off in the most spectacular manner?

  • West Bakr wind farm, Egypt

    Lekela Power made a successful return to the Gulf of Suez where it has achieved both a cheaper capex and lower tariff in reaching financial close on a 250MW wind farm

  • Dumat al Jandal, Saudi Arabia

    EDF and Masdar have reached financial close on what will be Saudi Arabia’s first ever utility-scale wind farm - part of the country's first round of renewables procurement

  • International capital eyes Saudi infra plans

    Saudi Arabia, like many of its neighbouring countries in the Gulf region, is trying to reduce its economy’s reliance on oil exports

  • Who’s afraid of the CLO?

    Not all financial instruments with three-letter acronyms are scary. CLOs for infrastructure debt are not only making a comeback but now being promoted as a solution to climate change

  • Sitra refinery expansion, Bahrain

    Bahrain Petroleum Company's Sitra refinery expansion drew together five international ECAs over seven tranches that yet could have been much bigger if not for the late – but great – role played by local lenders in the financing

  • Renewable energy – opportunity knocks

    In a market where there’s a lot more cash available than places to deploy it, developers are following opportunity wherever that may be… hounded by a retinue of eager lenders, equity players and advisers

  • Rabigh-3 IWP, Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia’s Water & Electricity Company is looking to significantly build out desalination capacity in the country, and Rabigh-3 is the first in a pipeline of independent water projects it is currently procuring

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