Emirates SembCorp to announce Fujairah 1 project bond – Fujairah – UAE

The bond would come less than two weeks after the launch of a $3 billion project bond by a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) which, having attracted orders in excess of $11 billion while it was being marketed, showed investors’ appetite for these issues. Such debt instruments are relatively new financing tools in the Middle East, where projects have traditionally been financed through bank loans because of banks’ high liquidity before oil prices dropped three years ago. Citigroup and HSBC are expected to lead the transaction, said the sources. The desalination plant, called Fujairah 1 Independent Water and Power Plant, is jointly owned by Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) with a 60 percent stake and Sembcorp Gulf Holding Co, a unit of Singapore’s Sembcorp Industries, with a 40 percent stake. HSBC declined to comment. ADWEA and Citi did not respond to requests for comment.


SWCC hired BNP Paribas advising on sale of Ras Al Khair desalination plant – Saudi Arabia – Riyadh

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has hired BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA) to advise it on the sale of its $7.2 billion Ras Al Khair desalination plant, a source close to the matter said on Thursday. The desalination and power plant is one a number of state assets that the government is selling as part of a privatization drive to reduce pressure on its capital spending and to diversify government revenues away from oil. SWCC did not immediately respond to a request for comment. BNP Paribas declined to comment. The plant, which has been operational since 2014, once at full capacity will deliver 1.025 billion cubic meters of desalinated water every day to Riyadh and other areas. SWCC asked banks to submit proposals for the deal in June. Along with BNP Paribas, other banks including GIB Capital, Mizuho, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), HSBC and Standard Chartered were approached for the deal, sources told Reuters in August. SWCC is also working on a number of water and power projects to be developed on a public-private partnership basis. According to Saudi Arabia’s state news agency,…