Saturday, 30 August 2014
KPMG has been chosen as the financial advisor for the A$191m schools PPP project in Melbourne Victoria. The Victorian government through its Partnerships Victoria will call for EOIs for the new schools PPP project in October. Corrs Chambers Westgarth was previously appointed as the legal adviser. The PPP contract is part of a Victorian government’s A$500m school funding package.
The Colombian government’s ambitious series of 40 highway projects, known as 4G, are aimed at boosting economic growth and modernising the country. But with a potential price tag of Ps47tn (US$25bn), finding financing and smoothing out the process are two areas that are causing much consternation. By Nic Stone.
India’s Adani won approval from the Queensland government last week to build the 300km rail line that will connect its Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin with its coal loader port at Abbott Point. It has moved ahead of its rival GVK and is set to be the first to secure funding for its A$16bn project. By John Arbouw.
Financing has been signed by World Bank for the 96MW Tobene IPP, following the 125MW Sendou project last year. Government guarantees are still key as the state utility moves towards creditworthiness. By Colin Leopold
A power company and an infrastructure investor have created one of Italy’s leading wind energy companies, with a portfolio of 600MW and big ambitions. By Stefano Berra.
Nigeria’s Oando has finally completed its US$1.5bn acquisition of ConocoPhilips’ oil and gas assets after a two-year wait. As the majors continue to divest their onshore assets, ministerial red tape and equity pressures offer direction for indigenous firms seeking to follow. By Colin Leopold.
The keenly awaited annual Project Finance International (PFI) Global Infrastructure report has been published at a time when the market is turning. More long term liquidity is available for infrastructure schemes, pricing on shorter term infraco deals is moving down encouraging sponsors back into bidding for assets and the projects pipeline is showing signs of growing once again.
PFI has released its first Best Practice in Asia report - at a time when the procurement and development of projects has never been more critical as the region seeks to ensure its infrastructure keeps pace with its economic growth. The report includes a range of views from senior project practitioners plus the first PFI Citations for best practice.
This is the 8th year that PFI is putting together an annual report on India. It comes at a special time when the country has just elected a new prime minister – Narendra Modi – the leader of Bharatiya Janata Party, who broke the status quo and is expected to bring marked changes to the direction the economy has been going through. The theme of the report will thus be “the rebooting of India”.
The decision against using a UK guarantee scheme (UKGS) on the IEP2 rolling stock deal earlier this year seemed to set the limits on what should and should not be done with this new financing tool. The latest list of projects prequalified for UKGS, however, shows there are few limits.
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The Global Energy report takes a look at the full range of issues currently exercising the project finance market - from funding schemes in Africa and obtaining finance for coal fired plants onto renewables, FLNG and the LNG boom in North Americas.
The need for rail road, power, port and resources infrastructure has become an economic priority for countries across the Asia Pacific. The lessons from past infrastructure financing failures have also been learned as governments, sponsors and lenders frame new financial structures that share and minimise financial risk during construction.