Masdar in talks for $800m loan to fund solar project

Updated 27 June 2016
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Masdar in talks for $800m loan to fund solar project

DUBAI: A consortium led by Abu Dhabi’s Masdar is aiming to raise an $800 million loan to help fund the building of the 800-megawatt (MW) third phase of Dubai’s solar park, the company’s CEO said.
The consortium, which also includes Spanish companies Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) and Gransolar Group, was selected to complete the third phase of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Solar Park, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said in a statement.
The consortium is in talks with banks including National Bank of Abu Dhabi, First Gulf Bank and Union National Bank to provide project finance, said Mohamed Al-Ramahi, CEO of green energy firm Masdar, wholly owned by Abu Dhabi investment fund Mubadala.
The funding should be finalized by November or December, he said.
DEWA didn’t name the other bidders, but sources previously told Reuters that China’s Jinko Solar, France’s EDF and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power were among companies either bidding alone or as part of different consortia.
The Masdar-led consortium submitted the lowest generation price to build the plant at 2.99 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), DEWA said.
The third phase of the park will be operational by 2020, it added.
It is planned to be the largest single-site solar park in the world, producing 5,000 MW by 2030 with a total investment of 50 billion dirhams ($13.6 billion), DEWA said.
Dubai is aiming to generate 25 percent of its total power from clean energy sources by 2030.


Aramco CEO attends China development event

Aramco CEO Amin Nasser meets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the China Development Forum 2019. (Photo/Supplied)
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Aramco CEO attends China development event

Aramco CEO Amin Nasser attended the China Development Forum, a three-day event that focused on key issues such as the supply-side structural reform, new measures of proactive fiscal policy, and the opening up of the financial sector and financial stability. 

The Aramco chief met the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the forum. Li expressed his appreciation for Saudi Aramco’s investment in an integrated downstream project in Panjin city in Liaoning, coming right after the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to China in February. 

The exchange also allowed Nasser to briefly outline Aramco’s plans in China including downstream investments in Zhejiang province.