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16 October 2018 2018 10:13 AM GMT

Key Industry Players Meet To Discuss Infrastructure Financing In Benelux Region

Like most economies, the Benelux region relies heavily on international investment and with numerous exciting infrastructure projects planned, the region is attracting many new foreign investors. Nevertheless, financing regulations in the EU can discourage investors as rules attached to PPP and other financing methods can prove complex.

SMi’s 17th annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum aims to educate attendees on this and provide valuable information about financing regulations in the Benelux region. Benjamin Hemming, Senior Investment Manager Infrastructure Debt at MEAG MUNICH ERGO Kapitalanlagegesellschaft mbH, will be sharing his knowledge and expertise on the subject on day two of the forum when he presents his keynote presentation on “Managing Public-Private Partnership (PPP) financing regulations with EU and non-EU investors”.

Mr Hemming will explore handling liquidity and fund allocation for local infrastructure projects, monitoring non-EU institutional funding for regional plans, Korean investments into Benelux projects, increasing compliance with regional regulatory controls, and following market trends and increasing bank-institutional investment partnerships.

Joining Mr Hemming on day two will be a host of infrastructure financing experts including Alessandro Izzo, Head of Division, Project Finance Western Europe at European Investment Bank, Benoit Theys, Head of Infrastructure Debt at AG Insurance, Willem Stitselaar, Managing Director at Macquarie Capital, Alistair Perkins, Head of Infrastructure and Project Finance at NN Investment Partners, and many more.

Attendees will also benefit from hearing real life case studies, with Andrew Petry, Partner at Simmons & Simmons presenting on “Green Energy Projects in the Benelux Region: The Markbygden Wind Farm”, focusing on leading green energy, investing in the onshore wind industry to generate further funding lead flows, and a case study on the Markbygden On-Shore Wind Farm. In addition, Marie de Graaf, Head of Business Development at Orsted, is also set to give a case study presentation on day one, focusing on “Supporting Green Energy Transition in the Benelux Region”.

With 5+ hours of dedicated networking, attendees will also have the chance to meet the major players in the industry and learn about the challenges and solutions to infrastructure, as well as the opening of the market towards renewable energy.

The full agenda and speaker line-up are available on the event website, where the event brochure and other exclusive content is available to download at http://www.beneluxconf.com/cewpr

Benelux Infrastructure Forum: 21st – 22nd November 2018; Apollo Hotel Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Sponsored by Allen & Overy.

For sponsorship and delegate enquiries: Andrew Gibbons +44 (0) 207 827 6156 or agibbons@smi-online.co.uk

November 8th 2018
Macquarie Capital Reach Financial Closure On Largest PPP Project In Netherlands

Ahead of speaking at the 17th annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum next month in Amsterdam, Macquarie Capital, Ballast Nedam, and DEME have recently announced that they’ve reached financial closure on the largest PPP project ever awarded in the Netherlands. The €1 billion Blankenburg Connection PPP project, which involves the construction of an immersed tunnel under the Rotterdam port waterway, a land tunnel and two junctions, aims to improve road links between Rotterdam and its port. This further establishes the Benelux PPP market as one of the most active and important regions for global infrastructure projects business.

October 18th 2018
EU Parliament Aims Higher For Renewables In Its 2030 Climate And Energy Goals

The European Parliament’s Industry & Energy (ITRE) and Environment (ENVI) committees have voted their position on the Energy Union Governance Regulation, just a week after the ITRE committee called for raising the EU’s 2030 renewable energy target to 35% instead of 27%. The Governance Regulation sets out how EU Member States will deliver the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy goals including the binding EU renewables target and how they will give visibility to renewable energy investors on post-2020 deployment volumes. The IEA now says that wind will be Europe’s leading electricity source soon after 2030.

October 21st 2018
Europe: Investment In Ports Infrastructure Can Cut Offshore Wind Costs by 5.3%

European ports are set to take on an expanded role in the offshore wind supply chain. By 2030 Europe is expected to have installed 70 GW of offshore wind. This means there will be more than 10,000 turbines in the water. This is equivalent to a build-out rate of 6 GW per year, 20% of which will be repowering existing sites with brand new turbines. Investments of €0.5-€1bn in new port infrastructure could help the offshore wind sector to cut costs by up to 5.3%, according to figures released recently, by the WindEurope Ports Platform in Hamburg.

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