Tuesday, 25 September 2018
The Nepal government has decided to restore the development of the 1,200MW Budhi Gandaki hydropower project and intends to officially award the project to Gezhouba of China. The decision was taken at a recent cabinet meeting chaired by Nepal’s prime minister K P Oli. The project, estimated to cost US$2.5bn-$3bn, was initially awarded last year by former PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal. However this was cancelled by the new government.
The African Development Bank has securitised US$1bn of project finance and other loans. Synthetic securitisation is expanding from commercial banks to DFIs. By Stefano Berra.
On June 28 2018, the debt and equity financing of the 731.5MW Blauwwind offshore wind project in the Netherlands closed. By Frank Janse, who led the Green Giraffe advisory team on the transaction from mid-2016 until financial close in June 2018, and Tobias van Baarsen, Green Giraffe.
At the heart of many project finance transactions – whether a greenfield development of new assets or a brownfield refurbishment of existing assets – lies a construction contract, most commonly an EPC contract. A typical construction contract for an energy or infrastructure project can be hundreds of pages long supplemented with a set of annexes that can also run into hundreds of pages, so can be a daunting document to review on behalf of project lenders. This article seeks to demystify the process of reviewing a construction contract from a financing perspective. By Karen Goepfert, senior editor, Practical Law Finance.
The global infrastructure market is moving into new territories - both geographically and sector wise. PFI’s Global Infrastructure Report 2018 takes look at the new kids on the block and in addition, some of the legacies from the old era. The Report carries case studies on deals as diverse as German fibre optic, the Canakkale Bridge and the Los Angeles people mover scheme. In addition it carries in depth pieces on the construction woes which befell Carillion and the Canadian super hospitals.
Developments in the LNG market and the spread of increasingly cheap renewable technology are dominating the global energy market. PFI’s Global Energy Report 2018 examines the driving forces behind these and other trends through case studies of landmark deals and articles on important market shifts. The report looks at new technology such as energy storage and new funding options for renewables.
The idea of using the concession model for procuring infrastructure projects has taken some stick of late, with some PPPs in both the UK and Canada under the cosh recently. Utility regulators, however, are starting to love them.
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