Emirates company to build world’s largest solar plant

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. (TAQA) on Tuesday announced it has secured funding to build the world’s largest solar power plant.

The successful financial closing of Al-Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Independent Power Producer (IPP) project was achieved alongside TAQA’s partners Masdar, EDF Renewables and JinkoPower.

The plant will be located around 35km from Abu Dhabi city, will have capacity of 2 gigawatts (GW) and will supply power to the Emirates Water and Electricity Co. (EWEC).

When complete, Al-Dhafra Solar PV IPP will be the world’s largest single-site solar power plant, using approximately 4 million solar panels to generate enough electricity for approximately 160,000 homes across the UAE.

Funding for the project will be sourced from seven international banks. TAQA will own 40 percent of the project while Masdar, EDF Renewables and JinkoPower will have a 20 percent stake each. 

/Source: ArabNews/

Jan. 13, 2021

Range Resources Prices $550-Million Senior Notes Offering

Range Resources Corporation RRC recently announced the pricing of $550 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes. The offering of the notes, being upsized from $500 million, is likely to close on Jan 24.

The senior notes, carrying an interest rate of 9.25% and expected to mature in 2026, have been priced at par. The upstream energy player estimates the offering’s net proceeds at roughly $541.6 million.

Range Resources is planning to set aside a portion of the net proceeds for the purchase of target senior notes in tender offers, commenced on Jan 8. The tender offer is to purchase for cash a collective target notes of a total aggregate principal amount of up $500 million. Notably, the outstanding target notes comprise three senior notes. One of the notes carries an interest rate of 5.750% and will mature in 2021. The other two notes will mature in 2022 and carry an interest ...

Jan. 8, 2021

Orix to Buy Spanish Energy Firm Elawan for About $965 Million

Tokyo-based Orix is purchasing an 80% stake from Elawan’s management and Spanish industrial company Acek, company spokeswoman Yuka Kanaoka said Monday. With an additional capital injection later, the deal is worth about 100 billion yen ($965 million), she said.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021, subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions, Orix said in a statement.

The acquisition will expand Orix’s global renewable energy operations as it broadens a business portfolio that ranges from leasing to banking and real estate. Acek, which also owns car parts maker Gestamp Automocion SA, has been selling stakes in renewable assets.

Elawan, set up in 2007, develops and operates wind and solar power projects in Europe and the Americas. It has 714 megawatts of operational projects, more than 460 megawatts under construction and a development pipeline of over 10 gigawatts.

Orix has been ramping up investment ...

Jan. 4, 2021

Mitsubishi Heavy to build largest zero-carbon steel plant

Japanese company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will soon complete construction in Austria of the world's largest carbon-free steel plant.

Mitsubishi Heavy, through its UK division, is building a pilot plant at the Austrian steel company Voestalpine. Trial operation is scheduled to begin in 2021.

The plant will use hydrogen instead of coal in the iron ore recovery process. The new generation equipment will produce 250,000 tons of steel products per year. According to the International Energy Agency, the global steel industry produced about 2 billion tonnes of CO 2 in 2018, which is double the 2000 level. The share of the steel sector among all industries increased by 5 percentage points to 25%.

Mitsubishi Heavy uses the DRI or Direct Reduction of Iron from Pellet process.

Mitsubishi Heavy, the third largest supplier of steelmaking equipment in the world, also joins the pool of hydrogen companies. In October, Mitsubishi Heavy bought a stake in a Norwegian ...

Dec. 28, 2020

Lockheed Martin buying rocket-engine maker Aerojet Rocketdyne for $4.4 billion

Lockheed Martin is buying rocket engine manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings for $4.4 billion in a deal that brings together companies that already had been working together in the aeronautics industry.

The acquisition announced late Sunday is part of Lockheed Martin’s LMT, -0.08% attempt to gird for competition from recent industry entrants, Space X and Blue Origin, which are backed by two of the world’s richest men, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.

“Acquiring Aerojet Rocketdyne will preserve and strengthen an essential component of the domestic defense industrial base and reduce costs for our customers and the American taxpayer,” Lockheed Martin CEO James Taiclet said in a statement.

Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed is paying $56 per share, 33% above the Friday closing price of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AJRD, +0.44% stock. The final price will be reduced to $51 per share after accounting for a special dividend of $5 per share that will be paid just before the ...

Dec. 23, 2020

London-based TransferGo secures €5 million from Silicon Valley Bank to power instant payments

TransferGo, one of the world’s fastest growing money transfer companies, today announces it has received around €5 million in financing from Silicon Valley Bank UK Branch (SVB), the bank of the world’s most innovative companies. This will enable the business to further develop and expand its real-time payments platform for consumers, SMEs and enterprise clients.

With over 35 years of experience partnering with innovators, SVB’s financial expertise and guidance will enable TransferGo to pursue an accelerated programme of digital payments transformation. With remittances proving a mainstay of financial inclusion, even during the midst of a pandemic, today’s partnership signals a commitment by TransferGo and SVB to service millions of migrants that want to send money home – quickly, securely and affordably.

Despite the market volatility throughout the year, TransferGo continues to defy expectations, seeing cross border payments through its corridors grow by over 117% for the last fiscal year. The funding will ...

Dec. 18, 2020

Covid-19 vaccine developer AstraZeneca agrees to buy rare disease firm Alexion for $39 billion

Leading Covid-19 vaccine developer AstraZeneca agreed on Saturday to buy Boston pharmaceutical firm Alexion (ALXN) for $39 billion.

The acquisition is one of the largest deals of the year for the drug industry and would expand AstraZeneca's (AZN) reach in rare diseases. Alexion has an immunology unit in Boston that serves patients with rare disorders.

AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish drugmaker headquartered in the United Kingdom, has partnered with the University of Oxford to produce a Covid-19 vaccine. It's in the final stages of development and is awaiting authorization from European and British governments. Last month, the company found its vaccine was 70% effective on average, but scientific experts raised concerns over a lack of transparency in reporting the vaccine trial data, potentially slowing down the timeline for approval.

AstraZeneca agreed to pay for the purchase with a mix of cash and stock, and said it took out a short-term loan of $17.5 billion from ...

Dec. 14, 2020

Uber sells autonomous vehicle division to start-up

Despite being the largest ride-sharing firm in the world, Uber has consistently failed to make a profit since its inception. The company lost around $8.5bn in 2019.

Under the new deal, Uber will invest $400m into self-driving vehicles start-up Aurora to hold a 26 per cent stake in the firm and Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will join its board of directors. Aurora will also take control of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) and incorporate its team and technology into its own.

Uber has long been hedging its bets on driverless technology as a way to reach profitability and avoid the high cost of driver acquisition and onboarding as well as regulatory pressure to ensure hourly wage minimums.

It has also faced court battles following a fatal crash in one of its driverless cars that caused the death of a pedestrian and negative press for the firm.

Uber had already started pulling resources away from ...

Dec. 9, 2020

Porsche investing $24 million in ‘e-fuels’ to supplement electrification of sports cars

German automaker Porsche is investing about $24 million in the development of “e-fuels,” which officials say is a climate-neutral fuel to replace gasoline in nonelectric vehicles.

Production of such a fuel would allow the company and potentially other automakers a way to continue producing vehicles such as Porsche’s iconic 911 sports car with a traditional engine alongside, or rather than, a new electric model. While electric vehicles can offer outstanding performance, the driving dynamics of the vehicles are different than traditional engines.

The announcement does not change Porsche’s target to have half of Porsche models sold by 2025 to be electrified, including all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Porsche, owned by Volkswagen, announced the investment in partnership with Siemens’ renewable energy unit and other international companies such as energy firm AME and the petroleum company ENAP from Chile. It includes developing and implementing a plant in Chile that is expected to yield the “world’s ...

Dec. 4, 2020

Facebook Plans to Launch Libra in January 2021

Facebook is reportedly planning to launch its ambitious project Libra as early as January 2021. The digital currency will be launched in a limited format than originally anticipated.

According to a report by the Financial Times on Friday, three people associated with the Libra project confirmed that the company may only introduce a single dollar-pegged stablecoin, means it will launch a single coin backed 1:1 by the US Dollar. The project is still pending approval from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA.

The Libra project was officially announced on 18 June 2019 and the original plan was to launch a token backed by the basket of global currencies. In 2020, due to regulatory pressure, the Libra association dropped the idea of pegging the token with multiple fiat currencies.

The ambitious project of Facebook has seen backlash from regulators worldwide. European and Australian authorities warned Libra Association against potential scams using its name. 

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Nov. 30, 2020