29 February 2016
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Insights from Q4 ~ 1 October to 31 December 2015


Dear ,

Welcome to the latest news and insights from InfraCo Asia—applying a unique model of infrastructure development and investment across South Asia and South East Asia. Here we share highlights and progress made during the fourth quarter of 2015, as well as updates from the InfraCo Asia team and the world of infrastructure development and investments.

If you would like to find out more about collaboration and partnership opportunities with InfraCo Asia, please get in touch: info@infracoasia.com 




The closing quarter of 2015 was busy, with a focus on all the preparations required to maintain our very positive momentum in the New Year, and indeed we have. Our January ‘special update’ edition of Insights InfraCo Asia introduced John Walker as our new Chair, and welcomed Amy Lee as a Non-Executive Director. It is wonderful to have two such experienced leaders shaping this organisation’s governance. Please do read the article about John’s passion for infrastructure and vision for InfraCo Asia, featured later in this e-news.

InfraCo Asia is currently in the middle of a comprehensive procurement process to allocate USD 90 million to two new developer service initiatives. In late 2015 we prequalified ten groups for two separate contracts in South and South East Asia. Consequently the procurement committee, chaired by Clive Turton, along with the InfraCo Asia management team, had an extremely busy past month. They reviewed approximately 100 projects and interviewed almost 100 people representing the developer teams that submitted bids.


Thanks to a disciplined approach, InfraCo Asia has maintained its original published timeline, and are on track to award five-year developer service contracts to the successful bidders by early Q2-2016, with full mobilisation expected in early May 2016.

On a team-focused note, we welcomed Benny Lee as Assistant Finance Manager in December 2015. In January this year, the growing InfraCo Asia family and their partners enjoyed a balmy New Year celebration on my rooftop terrace in Singapore—a fitting way to reflect on a year of hard work and dedication.

Thank you for reading the latest edition of Insights InfraCo Asia.





At the close of Q4 2015, InfraCo Asia had created access to new or improved infrastructure for 0.83 million people in South and South East Asia.


InfraCo Asia shortlisted for industry award

In February 2016, the InfraCo Asia team were delighted to discover the company has been shortlisted for the Euromoney Infrastructure Journal Global "IJGlobal Awards 2015" under the ‘Sponsor’ category. This recognition reflects the achievements InfraCo Asia has made in de-risking, financing and implementing key infrastructure projects in South and South East Asia. Winners in a range of categories will be announced at a gala dinner on Thursday 3 March in Singapore.


India grain market projects pull private sector interest

In Q4, InfraCo Asia made progress with discussions with a potential private sector investor to invest in two grain handling and storage projects in Rajasthan. Once agreement on terms have been reached, financial close can be achieved in the first half of 2016.


Entering the 'Twittersphere'

InfraCo Asia is pleased to announce it now has a Twitter account: @InfraCoAsia, and is looking forward to joining conversations around development, infrastructure and emerging markets on this platform.

InfraCo Asia follows in the steps of parent company, the Private Infrastructure Development Group, who have established the @pidgorg Twitter account. Please connect and follow @InfraCoAsia and @pidgorg




Q4 conferences

InfraCo Asia was involved in two regional forums during Q4 2015. On 22 October 2015, InfraCo Asia presented and moderated a panel at the 20th annual Thomson Reuters Project Finance International: Financing Energy Projects Asia (FEPA) conference in Singapore.


On 3 December 2015, InfraCo Asia CEO Allard Nooy spoke on day-two of the PEI Infrastructure Investor Global Investment Forum in Hong Kong. He provided experienced insights around the panel discussion topic: Emerging Markets – should investors be taking a closer look?




In Q4, InfraCo Asia shortlisted several exciting new projects, which promise to expand our portfolio, and create significant social and economic impact.

InfraCo Asia is actively working on co-development opportunities on hydropower projects in India and the Philippines, and a biomass project in Sri Lanka. As part of the Developer Services Program in Myanmar, which was launched in June 2015, there are seven projects under active development in various sectors including agriculture, renewable energy, telecommunications, transport and waste management.    


To view the full InfraCo Asia project portfolio, visit the website.




Building infrastructure, building an asset class

John Walker, Executive Chairman of Infrastructure, Utilities and Renewables Asia for Macquarie Capital and Chairman of Macquarie Group, Korea, stepped into his new role with InfraCo Asia because, he says, the big-picture potential of this relatively young company, is panoramic. Read the full story and learn a little more about InfraCo Asia’s new Chair and his vision for the future here.




Asia Pacific Energy and Infrastructure Finance Forum

On Thursday 3 March 2016, InfraCo Asia Chair John Walker and InfraCo Asia CEO, Allard Nooy, will be speaking on separate panels at the IJ Global Asia Pacific Energy and Infrastructure Finance Forum 2016. The event will be held at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. John will speak from 12.15pm as part of a panel discussing the opportunities arising from recent PPP developments in the Asia Pacific. At 3.10pm, Allard will provide his expertise on a panel discussing the private sector opportunities in Asia’s social and environmental infrastructure programs.


BritCham Energy Debate 2016

InfraCo Asia CEO, Allard Nooy, will be attending the upcoming British Chamber of Commerce Energy Debate in Singapore on 14 March 2016 from 6pm at the Grand Hyatt Singapore. The Chamber will be hosting a debate around some of the key challenges in the Energy Industry today.


Corridors and Connections: Investing in Asia Pacific

On 15 March 2016, InfraCo Asia CEO, Allard Nooy, will speak as part of a panel during Baker & Mackenzie’s client forum, Corridors and Connections: Investing in Asia Pacific. The panel topic for discussion is ‘Building and Powering Asia’. The event will explore how the growing interconnectivity or regional trade is shaping investment and corporate strategies. It will run from 8.30am until 1pm at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.


2nd Annual Infrastructure Project Financing

From 4-6 April 2016, the 2nd Annual Global Infrastructure Project Financing forum will take place at the Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore. Catch InfraCo Asia CEO Allard Nooy speaking at the Marcus Evans event, which promises to provide a one-stop-platform to discover and discuss the latest trends in infrastructure financing, strategies and efficient mechanisms of financing infrastructure projects in today’s competitive environment.


19th Annual Power and Electricity World Asia 2016

The 19th Annual Power and Electricity World Asia 2016 forum will take place from 13-14 April 2016 at Pullman Central Park in Jakarta, Indonesia. InfraCo Asia’s CEO Allard Nooy will be a keynote speaker at the event, where he will be sharing insights into “stimulating greater private sector infrastructure investment in developing countries”. Allard will make his address at 2.50pm on day-two of the conference, Thursday 14 April.




InfraCo Asia’s key expertise is in early stage infrastructure projects. We are interested in projects located in Indonesia, the Mekong region and South Asia more broadly, that may be ideal candidates for InfraCo Asia’s co-development program. We welcome enquiries - info@infracoasia.com +65 6823 6860


About InfraCo Asia

InfraCo Asia www.infracoasia.com is a commercially managed infrastructure development and investment company headquartered in Singapore. It aims to stimulate greater private sector investment in infrastructure in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Vietnam. InfraCo Asia develops and funds early stage, high-risk infrastructure development activities, taking an equity stake in socially responsible and commercially sustainable projects.


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