In Q2 2014, fewer but larger infrastructure projects reached financial close compared with the previous quarter.
98 infrastructure projects worldwide reached financial close in the second quarter with a value totalling $52.4 billion. By comparison, 140 projects with a project value of $51.3 billion closed in Q1. The largest proportion (37%) was in Europe in Q2 where 32 projects reached financial close. The two largest projects in the region were the $4.6 billion East Coast Mainline – Intercity Express Programme in the UK and the $4.3 billion Gemini Offshore Wind Project.
Middle East & Africa (MENA) ranked second among all regions in Q2. The 12 projects that closed in MENA made up 30 percent, or $15.5 billion, of the global total. The figure is more than double Q1’s $6.8 billion and 15 projects, mainly owing to the $13.3 billion contributed by three large energy projects – the $5.7 billion Sohar Refinery Improvement Project (SRIP) And Refinancing of ORPC (Oman Refinery and Petrochemicals Company), the $5.6 billion STAR Refinery Project, and the $2 billion Tamar Bond Refinancing.
17 percent of the total amount came from 22 financial closed projects in Asia-Pacific. The largest deal in the region was the over $2 billion Sydney Airport Refinancing Project.
25 projects in North America reached financial close in Q2. Due to smaller average size compared with others’, only 11 percent of the total amount came from this region.