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Cheaper Chinese competition stalls BNDES solar financing
1 February 2017

Fadhili CHP: Cheap debt but not what Aramco is used to
Fadhili CHP: Cheap debt but not what Aramco is used to
Tom Nelthorpe
31 January 2017

With a smaller-than-expected commercial bank tranche, the $1.05 billion partially ECA-backed debt package for the Fadhili CHP project demonstrates some of the collateral damage Saudi Arabia is taking from its own low oil price policy.

Development banks boost finance for CIS projects by 130%
31 January 2017

Zarqa CCGT seals long tenor, well priced, DFI debt
Zarqa CCGT seals long tenor, well priced, DFI debt
Max Thompson
30 January 2017

On 15 January Acwa Power completed its first drawdown from its $370 million 19-year partially MIGA-covered financing for the construction of the 485MW Al Zarqa combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) in Jordan.

Engie wins ECA-backed $1.2bn Saudi gas plant contract
30 January 2017

ECAs and offshore wind: From backstop to bonus
ECAs and offshore wind: From backstop to bonus
Tom Nelthorpe
30 January 2017

With costs down and technology improving, some argue ECA support for European offshore wind is actually distorting debt pricing in a market that could be commercially banked. If so, might that ECA support be better employed beyond Europe's borders?

China Exim agrees loan for Angolan port to boost trade
30 January 2017

Fitch warns that China's Silk Road ambition could be a risk to Chinese banks
27 January 2017

New tap: Japan outbound looks beyond JBIC for liquidity
New tap: Japan outbound looks beyond JBIC for liquidity
Tom Nelthorpe
26 January 2017

Japanese life companies and smaller banks could become a key element in Japan’s effort to maintain its presence in overseas markets.

MIGA backs loan for Myanmar fibre optic cable work
26 January 2017

Join TXF in supporting our Charity Partner
Join TXF in supporting our Charity Partner
Lucy Morris
25 January 2017

AbleChildAfrica launches its first Grand Football Raffle - a great way to support TXF’s incredible Partner charity while having fun at the same time. And who knows, you could be a winner!

Virgin Voyages: Start-up funding but not as we knew it
Virgin Voyages: Start-up funding but not as we knew it
Sean Keating
24 January 2017

Fincantieri ended 2016 with final confirmation of the Virgin Voyages cruise ship order - a deal for a start-up backed by one of Sace's largest single cover cruise ship offerings to date.

KfW Development Bank keeps Lima metro on track
KfW Development Bank keeps Lima metro on track
Max Thompson
20 January 2017

The Peru government raised DFI loans last month from both KfW and AFD – the latest tranches of debt to back the state contribution to the $5.8 billion Lima Metro Line 2 PPP project.

Undermining: Funds making inroads into mid-level mining project debt market
Undermining: Funds making inroads into mid-level mining project debt market
Tom Nelthorpe
18 January 2017

Is the fund-backed debt package for Continental’s Buriticá gold mine project symptomatic of a growing alternative to traditional project lenders in the mid-level mining market?

All quiet on the Dubai metro front
All quiet on the Dubai metro front
Max Thompson
18 January 2017

Dubai is close to mandating arranging banks for a $3 billion loan to finance its Al Maktoum International Airport. But progress on the $2.5 billion debt mandate for the Dubai Metro Red Line extension has slowed - the deal has yet to be awarded despite feedback to bidders at the end of 2016.

GuarantCo, NISA form InfraCredit to boost Nigeria projects
18 January 2017

Amandi Energy ends 2016 on financial close
Amandi Energy ends 2016 on financial close
Max Thompson
17 January 2017

Amandi Energy's $522 million CCGT power plant began construction last month and is expected to increase Ghana's electricity supply by 7% once completed in 2019.

Kexim issues loan for Azerbaijan carbamide plant
17 January 2017

Full financial close on KalSel imminent
Full financial close on KalSel imminent
Sean Keating
16 January 2017

Financing for the project signed in November 2016, but full financial close was still subject to resolution of some of the conditions in the project’s power purchase agreement with PLN.

Spain's Cesce to help finance Peru refinery upgrade
13 January 2017

EEHC seals SACE-backed CCGT conversions
EEHC seals SACE-backed CCGT conversions
Max Thompson
11 January 2017

State-owned Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) has tapped SACE cover for a tightly priced loan to finance the CCGT conversions of the Assiut and West Damietta power plants.

Brainwave 2: ASI refinances and adds to original 2014 PV bond
Brainwave 2: ASI refinances and adds to original 2014 PV bond
Max Thompson
10 January 2017

Solar PV investment platform Azienda Solare Italiana (ASI) has closed a landmark hybrid refinancing – although an add-on to its 2014 deal the issue is still the largest project bond to date in the Italian renewables sector.

Financial close for Pakistan's China Exim-backed hydro project
10 January 2017

AIIB among banks to finance Pakistan hydropower project
10 January 2017

Tangguh LNG 3: The start of a major new BP gas strategy?
Tangguh LNG 3: The start of a major new BP gas strategy?
Sean Keating
9 January 2017

The Tangguh LNG 3 financing was the major deal in the Asian oil and gas market last year. But more significantly, it marked the return of a global sponsor to expansion mode.

Sangaredi: High tenor and pitch perfect
Sangaredi: High tenor and pitch perfect
Sean Keating
6 January 2017

DFI loans and a rare untied UFK covered loan have enabled commercial banks to push the tenor on CBG’s Sangaredi mine expansion financing in Guinea.

PLN taps 'attractive' CIRR with HEXIM-EDC co-financing
PLN taps 'attractive' CIRR with HEXIM-EDC co-financing
Max Thompson
5 January 2017

HEXIM and EDC partnered for the first time to co-finance PLN's development of eight GE-supplied mobile power plants in Indonesia. TXF understands the pricing reflects the CIRR on 2 December 2016, the day the deal was signed. 

Kexim, K-sure back Iraq new city project
5 January 2017

Yamal LNG: Multi-sourced, multi-priced, multiple sanctions
Yamal LNG: Multi-sourced, multi-priced, multiple sanctions
Sean Keating
4 January 2017

Financing for the Yamal LNG project is the highest profile demonstration to date of how Russian borrowers are adapting to EU/US sanctions.

National Grid taps landmark ECA facility for NSL project
National Grid taps landmark ECA facility for NSL project
Max Thompson
4 January 2017

National Grid North America has tapped a SACE and EKN-backed facility to finance EPC contracts for the North Sea Link project. The transaction is the largest ever European power transmission ECA financing and could serve as a blueprint for future power deals.

KfW IPEX helps finance Chile power grid expansion
4 January 2017

IFC finances renewable energy projects in Brazil
4 January 2017

Combined agency and private finance sees Bangladesh Sirajganj power project across the line
Combined agency and private finance sees Bangladesh Sirajganj power project across the line
Jonathan Bell
3 January 2017

In a triumph for Bangladeshi project financing, agencies and private companies have come together to secure the financing for the Sirajganj BOOT power project, which will provide much-needed FDI and ultimately power to the country’s grid.

The year in project finance: Business as usual, despite the headwinds
The year in project finance: Business as usual, despite the headwinds
Tom Nelthorpe
23 December 2016

The end of the year really shouldn't have the significance it does. In the US, the calendar year coincides with the tax year, meaning that there are some powerful incentives to close financings with material impacts on sponsors' tax positions. TXF's project finance specialist, Tom Nelthorpe, takes a look at the highlights of project finance in 2016.

The age of uncertainty: Trade wars and laws in 2017
The age of uncertainty: Trade wars and laws in 2017
Lucy Palfreeman
23 December 2016

Forecasts for trade since the financial crisis have been steady. Now, political anxiety and regulatory tightening casts a huge shadow of ambiguity over the trade outlook for 2017. Trump, Brexit and China have all rocked the trade plateau, making the trade finance arena next year ever more uncertain, and open for increasing speculation.

SACE backs financing for Egyptian power projects
23 December 2016

KfW agrees Lima Metro Line 2 loan with Peru
23 December 2016

GuarantCo reveals senior management changes
22 December 2016

Year in review: Project & infrastructure finance
Year in review: Project & infrastructure finance
Tom Nelthorpe
20 December 2016

Tom Nelthorpe, TXF's project & infrastructure finance (P&IF) guest editor, picks his favourite P&IF stories of 2016.

Year in review: Export & agency finance
Year in review: Export & agency finance
Oliver Gordon
20 December 2016

Ollie Gordon, TXF's news & features editor, picks his favourite export & agency finance stories of 2016.

White & Case advises on Bahrain LNG project financing
20 December 2016

EIB and EBRD finance Romania-Moldova gas pipeline
20 December 2016

Export finance faces ‘uncertain’ 2017, says CC Solutions
Export finance faces ‘uncertain’ 2017, says CC Solutions
Lucy Palfreeman
19 December 2016

The forecast for 2017 is uncertain but, according to Francisco Anzola of CC Solutions, the export finance market cannot let speculation influence its direction.

Time for a final gasp for US power’s zombie gencos?
Time for a final gasp for US power’s zombie gencos?
Tom Nelthorpe
16 December 2016

Some US merchant power plants have lurched from one crisis to another since they were built and financed a decade and a half ago. Despite the twin threat of low gas prices and ever-higher renewables capacity, can a market redesign rescue them one last time?

EBRD and EIB to back gas project "linked to mafia"
16 December 2016

SACE, Simest agree North Sea Link financing
16 December 2016

EBRD earmarks financing for green energy in Kazakhstan
16 December 2016

What does the Trump Administration mean for US Ex-Im?
What does the Trump Administration mean for US Ex-Im?
Max Thompson
15 December 2016

Last week Congress rejected an amendment that would allow US Ex-Im to function without a full board. However, the news that senator Richard Shelby – who has blocked new nominations to the board – has termed out as senate banking committee chairman bodes well for the ECA, as a new pro-Exim replacement is set to start on 3 January.

ECAs to help finance $7bn Expo 2020 Dubai project
14 December 2016

Top takeaways from TXF Middle East
Top takeaways from TXF Middle East
Hesham Zakai
13 December 2016

Last month TXF was delighted to welcome a host of international trade, export and project finance experts to its inaugural Middle East conference. The forum discussed and debated the trade and investment landscape across the region, from changes in debt levels and new forms of financing to geopolitical challenges and exciting frontier markets. Here are some of the key "takeaway" points from the event.