Ancala Partners has achieved a first close of Ancala Infrastructure Fund II at EUR133 million (US$156.4 million). The core infrastructure fund is targeting commitments totalling EUR600 million (US$705.5 million), with further closes expected this year.
Infrastructure/PPP news in UK (United Kingdom)
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) has announced the final close of Macquarie Super Core Infrastructure Fund (MSCIF) Series 1 at EUR2.5 billion (US$2.94 million), exceeding the fund's initial minimum target of EUR1.5 billion (US$1.76 million).
The Treasury, the UK government department that is responsible for public finance, intends to procure a new private partner for the Midland Metropolitan hospital project. A GBP350 million (US$464.2 million) contract to build and maintain the greenfield hospital, located in the West Midlands region of England, was awarded to Carillion in 2015. This was terminated earlier this year following Carillion's liquidation in January.
Hub South East Scotland, a joint venture between Galliford Try, Fulcrum, AECOM and assorted public authorities, has achieved financial close of the Queensferry High School PPP project, located in Edinburgh.
Following the recent collapse of the leading contractor, Carillion, a group of banks engaged to fund the proposed Midland Metropolitan Hospital PPP Project in the West Midlands region of England have terminated the financing.
Impax Asset Management Group Plc has announced the close of its third private equity infrastructure fund at EUR357 million (US$420.1 million). Impax New Energy Investors III (NEFIII) is focussed on investments in renewable power generation and related assets in Europe.
West Sussex County Council has announced that CityFibre, a wholesale full-fibre network infrastructure provider based in London, has been selected to build, own and operate a pure fibre network capable of gigabit broadband service to public buildings in key urban locations throughout West Sussex, which is located in the south of England.
The Bermuda Infrastructure Fund has been officially launched in a bid to improve ports, docks, roads, bridges, industrial facilities and healthcare facilities on the island, an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. Insurance firms have raised nearly US$100 million for the fund.
Following an announcement earlier this year of a GBP25 million (then US$35.07 million) exceptional charge and a GBP150 million (then US$210.42 million) capital raise to cover additional costs of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route PPP project, Galliford Try has announced that it is experiencing further cost pressure which is likely to increase the exceptional charge.
Tideway, whose shareholders include Allianz, Amber Infrastructure, Dalmore Capital and DIF, has issued GBP175 million (US$236.6 millon) green bonds to finance the Thames Tideway Tunnel (TTT) project, which involves the construction of a 25km sewer tunnel in London.
The head of the UK government's Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that it is taking control of the East Coast Main Line, a 632km railway connecting London to Edinburgh currently operated by private companies Stagecoach and Virgin Trains, until 2020, from which time it will be run through a public-private partnership (PPP).
The Department for Transport (DfT) of the UK government has approved the Silvertown Tunnel PPP project. This involves the construction of a 1km twin-bore road tunnel under the River Thames, connecting Silvertown, on the north bank of the river, to North Greenwich, in east London. It is estimated to cost GBP1 billion (US$1.36 billion).
MegaProject 1256: UK Department for Transport launches market-sounding for multi-billion rail PPPs involving Heathrow Airport
The UK Government's Department for Transport (DfT) has published prior information notices for market sounding events for two rail projects - the Western Rail Link to Heathrow (WRLtH) and the Southern Rail Link to Heathrow (SRLtH). Heathrow is a major international airport - the second busiest in the world - located 23km west of London.
MegaProject 1252: Ferrovial sets aside US$285 million to cover penalties for Birmingham highways PPP
Ferrovial has announced that it is going to include an additional provision of GBP208 million (US$283.1 million) in its financial results for the first quarter of 2018, which are to be published next week, in relation to the Birmingham Highways PFI contract operated by a subsidiary of Amey Plc., a subsidiary of Ferrovial.
Infracapital, the infrastructure equity investment arm of M&G Prudential, has announced the successful conclusion of fundraising of its latest and largest fund to date, Infracapital Partners III, with total commitments equivalent to GBP1.85 billion (US$2.52 billion).
HICL Infrastructure Company Limited, the listed infrastructure investment company advised by InfraRed Capital Partners Limited, has announced that the Group has entered into an agreement to divest its 100% equity and subordinated debt interest in the Highland Schools PPP2 Project for GBP56.2 million (US$77.42 million).
OMERS Infrastructure has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its interests in Airports Worldwide (AWW) to VINCI Airports. AWW owns nine new airports (two freehold property, three concession, four management contracts) and three partial management contracts in American airports.
The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), managed by Investec Asset Management (IAM), has announced that it has successfully completed its latest fundraising round, raising US$385 million in new long-term debt capital to invest in Africa.
Through its subsidiary Iridium, ACS Group has acquired a 25% stake in the A13 Thames Gateway PFI project, in London, from Carillion. The total enterprise value of the transaction is GBP140 million (US$197.6 million).
Macquarie Capital has announced the financial close of Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) EUR220 million (US$271 million) Grangegorman Campus project – one of Ireland’s largest educational campus developments financed through a public private partnership (PPP).