Monday, 17 February 2020

Global Infrastructure Report 2019

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  • Opportunities from China's BRI

    Labelled as one of the largest undertakings in modern times, China’s ambitious Belt & Road Initiative has drawn a large crowd of supporters for the opportunities and potential benefits that it presents. By James Su, infrastructure analyst, Fitch Solutions.

  • Gordie Howe – An international P3

    In Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s first term it was identified that the Windsor-Detroit border corridor between the United States and Canada, the busiest road trading portal between the two countries, was not adequate to cope with future growth in trade and communication between Canada and the United States. As a result, the concept of a mega border crossing between Detroit and Michigan was made a priority. By Brian Kelsall and Thomas Barlow, partners in

  • USP for unsolicited Asian USPs

    In the past 18 to 24 months, in the context of greenfield or even brownfield redevelopment infrastructure projects, a number of markets in Asia have seen a rise in the number of unsolicited proposals being submitted to relevant government entities. By James Harris, partner, and Benedict Tse, solicitor, Pinsent Masons.

  • Revival of the Belgian PPP market

    The Belgian PPP sector has changed direction. Following years of setbacks linked to project structuring problems, a new wave of PPPs is approaching the market based on a redefined risk allocation model. By Dennis Jong, director at DIF, Valentijn De Boe, counsel, andKoen Panis, partner, at Loyens & Loeff.

  • Brazil’s privatisation push

    Brazil’s infrastructure is being offered to the private sector in an unprecedented way. Project finance will play an important role. By Nic Stone.

  • Romania – Light and shadows

    Romania has a 2018–2020 governing programme that recognises the development of infrastructure of all types as a second-to-none policy focus. Its 2019 National Reform Programme includes a number of priority actions that would be conducive of growth in combination with commercially focused institutional assistance to businesses and a true partnership between the public and private sectors. ByAdriana Gaspar, Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen (NNDKP).

  • Belgrade Airport – PPP takes flight

    The financial closure of the Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade by France’s Vinci was the culmination of nearly three years of planning, preparation and tendering. The nearly €1bn deal should provide hope, and a template, to future PPP projects in the Balkan state. By Peter Collins.

  • Paraguay – On the road again

    Government payments backing highway works have helped deliver Paraguay’s first major project financing. An in-depth profile of the Corredor Bioceanico deal shows exactly how. By Nic Stone.

  • Shuqaiq IWP – Cutting-edge desal

    Desalination has long suffered a reputation for high cost and high energy intensity but today, Saudi Arabia, one of the most oil-rich and water-scarce countries, is leading the charge on a vision for more cost-effective and less carbon-intensive seawater desalination via a private sector water programme focusing on reverse osmosis, in a radical shift from traditional thermal desalination. By Richa Prasad, partner, and Meishi Tan, senior associate, Cranmore Part

  • Mega projects and mega problems

    Mega Australian infrastructure projects are consistently running over budget, with large contractors such as Lend Lease running into trouble as successful bids based on tight margins become loss-making. By John Arbouw.

  • German rail attracts institutions

    The Dieselnetz Ulm transaction paved the way for institutional investors in the German regional passenger rail transport sector. In April 2019 institutional investors closed with Dieselnetz Sachsen-Anhalt the second transaction in the sector. By Derk Opitz, partner at Ashurst.

  • Tours–Bordeaux goes green

    The biggest-ever French concession project, the Tours–Bordeaux HSL, was refinanced through a complex Green-certified deal. By Daniel Zerbib and Gauthier Martin, partners, Clifford Chance.

  • EEC – Moving towards Thailand 4.0

    Thailand has launched offerings of mega projects under its Eastern Economic Corridor development plan. The EEC is under the scheme of Thailand 4.0, the latest economic strategy that aims to transform the country into a first world nation. By Minerva Lau.

  • Transport P3 delays and overruns

    Significant delays and escalating costs have recently been disclosed on some of the transportation projects that shaped the US P3 market. One project in particular, Denver, Colorado’s Eagle FasTracks, was a model used to push the P3 concept in other states. By Alison Healey.

  • New partner re-energises Florida rail

    The Virgin Trains project in Florida has a long history of controversy and seemed close to dead a few times throughout its history. A new partner helped the project get to financial close on an expansion. By Alison Healey.

  • The unexpected guest unveiled

    Recent amendments to the Italian Code of Public Contracts were aimed at smoothing the role of institutional investors and Italia Infrastrutture in PFI/PPP related transactions. By Marco Cerritelli, partner at Chiomenti.

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    PFI Global Infrastructure Report 2019

    The global infrastructure market in 2019 has seen a range of deals financed and plenty of new plans hatched. The problems in the contracting sector remain, however. PFI’s Global Infrastructure Report 2019 case studies leading deals such as Gordie Howe, Florida Rail, Paraguay’s Corredor Bioceanico, Shuqaiq IWP, Tours-Bordeaux and Belgrade Airport. Themes such as China’s Belt & Road and Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor are examined and the problems with US and Australian construction projects are

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