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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

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Wind: China Maintains Emerging Markets Top Spot Following 19.7GW Build Boom

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February 27th 2019
Arsenal Unveil Battery Storage System: First Of Its Kind At A UK Football Club

Arsenal Football Club has unveiled a battery storage system (BSS) to store enough energy to run the 60,000 seater Emirates Stadium from kick-off to full time. It follows a unique collaboration with Pivot Power to install a 2MW/2.5MWh lithium ion BSS, with funds managed by Downing LLP. The project, the first of its kind in the UK, will also save club money as it works to support low-carbon plans. The BSS allows Arsenal to avoid peak power prices, buying electricity when it is cheap and storing it for use when prices are high. Typically, energy can cost three times more at peak times than overnight. The installation maintains Arsenal as the leader in sustainability in sport following its commitment to clean energy with Octopus Energy in 2016.

February 28th 2019
Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Growing, Taking Place in 75 Countries

Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, according to the report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests, corporate demand will continue to increase as companies seek to reduce electricity bills, hedge against future price spikes and address sustainability concerns.

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