Bulgaria’s 20% tax on renewable projects is forcing power producers to restructure project debt en masse, according to the Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association. The majority of the 1GW solar PV plants installed are negotiating tenor extensions and payment reductions with lenders, following the enactment of the reform in January, it said, with some projects entering insolvency. Many of Bulgaria’s wind farms are also thought to be undergoing a debt restructuring. Some foreign investors are rumoured to be considering litigation under the Energy Charter Treaty or bilateral investment treaties.
Daily News Highlights
International firms have shown support to Russia’s new pipeline of transport PPPs despite the uncertainty. Local bank VTB is in line to pick up the first two but other sources of rouble financing will be needed. By Colin Leopold
Power transmission assets are infrequent visitors to the capital markets. But a deal this week in Latin America shows that this asset class is well suited to debt finance and well suited to an international bond issue. By Adrian Murdoch.
Man cannot resist a grand design. Towers are getting ever-taller; bridge spans are getting longer; even events, such as the Olympics, are planned to be bigger, better, faster, and stronger than those that went before. By Professor Bent Flyvbjerg and Dr Atif Ansar, Said Business School, University of Oxford.
Welcome to the 2014 PFI Yearbook. The Yearbook is our annual publication in which we look at the events of 2013, through case studies and the PFI Awards, and look forward into 2014 with articles in the Global section of the book. This year, we have introduced a series of interviews in the Global section with leading players in project finance across around the world in order to take the market’s temperature.
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.