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  • 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

  • MUFG Bank – Global MLA of the Year

    IJGlobal awards have long held a special position in the industry, given that they are independently judged by teams of infrastructure and energy specialists in New York, London, Dubai and Singapore – giving them unrivalled authority and the cachet of peer review

  • Allen & Overy – Global Legal Adviser of the Year

    Choosing a winner for infrastructure and energy legal advisory on a global scale is a challenging feat, made infinitely more simple by aggregating scores from all four of IJGlobal’s independent judging teams – in London, New York, Dubai and Singapore

  • SMBC – Global Financial Adviser of the Year

    The 2018 calendar year proved to be a busy one for the SMBC financial advisory team with strong performance around the globe, winning it the IJGlobal Global Financial Adviser of the Year award that was presented at the Singapore event

  • Macquarie Capital – Sponsor of the Year

    When it comes to sponsors on the international infrastructure scene, few hold a candle to Macquarie Capital as it drives major transactions around the globe – according to IJGlobal’s independent panel of judges

  • UAE procurement – on the brink of change

    The lack of a full PPP programme has held back international private investment for years. To change this Abu Dhabi recently implemented a new PPP law

  • DEWA solar IV, United Arab Emirates

    A concentrated solar power project originally planned to be 200MW grew – in the space of just two-and-a-half years – into what will be the world’s largest solar thermal IPP, thanks to an ambitious sponsor, a very long PPA, and Chinese debt

  • 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

  • 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

  • Sakaka solar PV, Saudi Arabia

    The 300MW Sakaka solar PV tender attracted two world record-breaking solar tariffs, and demonstrates market appetite for Saudi Arabia's nascent renewables programme

  • Qatar’s infrastructure race to 2022 and beyond

    In September, Qatar’s Minister of Municipality and Environment HE Mohammed bin Abdullah al Rumaihi unveiled the Gulf state’s plans to set aside around $5.49 billion in 2019 for the ongoing revamp of Doha’s infrastructure in the run-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup

  • Perfect chemistry: Sadara petrochemicals

    WHAT WE SAID THEN: “Among this mammoth financings’ ground-breaking features was the largest ever (and second only) Middle Eastern sukuk bond, the largest ever direct loan from US Exim, and the participation of Spanish ECA FIEM on a project financing for the first time”

  • Saudi – pricing the sun and wind

    The Middle East has shot to the top of the renewable energy industry’s onshore leader board with an enviable programme of scale. Bidders are now tripping over themselves to compete and word from the banking community has it that lenders are wincing at the margins

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