Apicorp agrees $75m Murabaha term facility with Alfanar

Nicolas Thevenot
Updated 12 May 2019

Apicorp agrees $75m Murabaha term facility with Alfanar

The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (Apicorp), a multilateral development bank, has signed a strategic five-year Murabaha financing facility worth $75 million with Alfanar Company, in support of Alfanar’s renewable-energy projects, including a wind-power project in Spain.
Jamal Wadi, chief executive of Alfanar Global Development, said: “With an existing portfolio exceeding 1.5 GW of renewable development projects around the globe, Alfanar is committed to further double its portfolio in the next few years. The signing of the Murabaha agreement with Apicorp brings us a step closer to realizing our commitment. This partnership with Apicorp comes at a time when Alfanar is also diversifying its portfolio and venturing into new markets.”
Nicolas Thevenot, Apicorp’s managing director, head of corporate finance, said: “Apicorp is committed to encouraging Saudi companies in their pursuit of opportunities beyond their home market. In this particular case, we are happy to support Alfanar toward their renewable- energy projects globally. This is in line with Apicorp’s focus to support global sustainability through projects driven by environmentally conscious and renewable principles.”
Alfanar is a Saudi-based company headquartered in Riyadh and engaged in the manufacturing of electrical products, design engineering and O&M services, with activities focused in Middle East, Europe and Asia. The company has successfully leveraged its expertise in electrical equipment manufacturing and in the engineering, procurement and construction of power transmission and distribution projects in the Kingdom to develop and operate renewable energy projects globally.
Alfanar is aiming to tap into the growing demand for renewable energy around the globe. The company aims to deploy 3 GW by 2022, with an intention to grow the portfolio to 4-5 GW by 2025.
Baker & Mckenzie, Bahrain acted as Apicorp’s legal counsel on the financing, and Hogan Lovells, Dubai advised Alfanar.
Apicorp is a multilateral development bank established to foster the development of the Arab world’s energy sector and petroleum industries. The corporation is owned by the 10 Arab oil-producing countries and its headquarters are in Dammam.


Pearson unveils Mideast winners of BTEC Awards

Updated 09 July 2020

Pearson unveils Mideast winners of BTEC Awards

Outstanding students, tutors and colleges from 25 countries, including from the Middle East, saw their achievements recognized at the BTEC Awards 2020 ceremony, held online for the first time due to coronavirus.

Hosted by presenter of the United Stand, YouTube influencer and BTEC ambassador, Flex, 17 category award winners were celebrated from the UAE and around the Middle East as well as internationally in subjects such as health and social care, performing arts, engineering, IT, business and sport.

Double Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock and architect, TV presenter and campaigner George Clarke were among those presenting awards. 

They were joined by journalist and TV presenter Steph McGovern who spoke about her passion for vocational education and the BTEC Awards.

Spanning across 21 categories, the awards showcase the exceptional BTEC learners and teachers that have been nominated to win a gold, silver or bronze BTEC award. Accepted in more than 200 universities worldwide, BTEC is a highly regarded, career-focused qualification, studied in over 60 countries.

The Middle East winners are:

• BTEC Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Student of the Year Silver Winner — Finn Page, DESC, UAE

• BTEC Teacher of the Year (schools only) Bronze Winner — James McBlane, British School Al-Khubairat, UAE

• BTEC IT and Computing Student of the Year Bronze Winner — Sangeetha Philip, Cambridge International School, Dubai, UAE

• BTEC Business and Enterprise Student of the Year Bronze Winner — Delma Sharyl D’Silva, The Winchester School — Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE

Cindy Rampersaud, senior vice president, BTEC and apprenticeships at Pearson Education, said: “This year I’ve been overwhelmed by the quality of BTEC Award nominations we received, and I am delighted to celebrate this year’s winners and the achievements of all learners who will be awarded a BTEC this year. 

Over the past few weeks and months, we’ve seen how the current pandemic has highlighted the critical role of key workers and individuals who are likely to have followed a vocational educational pathway such as BTEC.”

In the UAE, BTEC qualifications are available in sectors including applied science, art and design, business, childcare, construction, engineering, media, health and social care, hospitality, ICT, performing arts, public services, sport, travel and tourism.

Pearson has been delivering BTEC qualifications worldwide since 1984. A recent study revealed that 90 percent of BTEC students are employed full-time after graduating.

Globally, nearly 1 million students studied toward a BTEC in the past year, via 784 approved BTEC centers in 60 countries.

In response to new careers emerging within industries and ongoing change, Pearson is continually adapting and innovating its BTEC curriculum and learning to ensure it is relevant for young people and adults, supporting progression and career aspirations throughout lives.