Citadel Capital SAE partners with QInvest and other Qatari investors in joint venture to import and regasify LNG in Egypt
- Egypt: Thursday, November 22 - 2012 at 12:26
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Citadel Capital SAE, the private equity firm in the Middle East and Africa with $9.5bn in investments under control, today signed a project development and shareholders' agreement pursuant to which a group of Qatari investors, arranged by QInvest, and Citadel Capital will form a joint venture to construct and own the facilities required to position a Floating LNG storage and regasification unit (FSRU) at a location in Egypt to deliver natural gas to high-volume end-users.
QInvest is Qatar's leading investment bank with business lines including investment banking, investment management, brokerage and wealth management. QInvest is owned by Qatar Islamic Bank, as well as other institutional investors and prominent high net worth individuals from across the Middle East and has an authorized capital of $1bn.
The Qatari investment group will hold a 51% interest in the planned joint venture, with Citadel Capital holding the balance. The planned location of the FSRU facility and the expected investment cost of the project were not announced. The planned joint venture has secured the technical and commercial cooperation of global industry leaders in the field.
"We are delighted to partner with QInvest on this project, which will stand as an important pillar of Egypt's energy security at a key moment in the nation's development," said Citadel Capital Chairman and Founder Ahmed Heikal. "We believe that Egypt is in strong need of additional natural gas to feed the power generation sector and supply Egypt's industrial base with a reliable, clean source of energy. Citadel Capital has very strong technical skills in this sector and unrivalled knowledge of the current and planned large consumers of natural gas, thereby putting us in a unique position to market imported natural gas in Egypt."
This marks Citadel Capital's second large project in Egypt's energy sector with Qatari investors, following this year's successful financial close of the $3.7bn financing package for the Egyptian Refining Company (ERC) project, in which Qatar Petroleum International (QPI) is a key shareholder.
Energy is one of five core industries in which Citadel Capital invests, alongside mining, agriculture and consumer foods, transportation and logistics and cement manufacturing.
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