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TAQA Eyes Major Stake in Spain’s Naturgy Valued at $22 Billion

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) has confirmed its interest in potentially acquiring a significant stake in Spain’s Naturgy Energy Group, valued at $22 billion.

Thu, Apr 18, 2024 5:51pmGrey Clock 2 min

This confirmation came through a recent filing with the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, where TAQA acknowledged discussions with Criteria Caixa about potential cooperation, as well as talks with CVC and GIP regarding the possible acquisition of their shares in Naturgy.

Following these developments, Naturgy’s stock prices have seen a notable increase, jumping over 12% in the past five days to 22.84 euros. The share distribution among Naturgy’s stakeholders includes more than 20% ownership each by GIP and CVC, about 15% by Australian infrastructure fund IFM, and a 26.7% stake by Criteria Caixa, the investment holding company of Spanish bank La Caixa.

Financial Performance and Regulatory Considerations

In addition to the takeover talks, Naturgy’s financial performance has been strong, particularly in its renewable energy segment. In 2023, the company’s net profit rose to 1.99 billion euros ($2.16 billion) from 1.65 billion euros in 2022, with earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization in the renewables sector up by 41%.

Spanish Economy Minister Carlos Cuerpo

The potential acquisition by TAQA would be the largest by a sovereign wealth fund, according to Global SWF, and would require approval from the Spanish government due to Naturgy’s vital role in the country’s energy system. Spanish regulations necessitate a mandatory tender offer for acquisitions over 30% of a publicly traded company, along with government approval for significant transactions.

Spanish Economy Minister Carlos Cuerpo noted that the government will evaluate the potential operation when and if it materializes but did not predict the outcome. TAQA has clarified that no agreements have been reached yet with Criteria Caixa, CVC, or GIP, and further announcements will be made in due course.



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Preparations have begun on the transformative UAE to Oman Hafeet Rail network, revealing significant construction details during a site visit.

Thu, May 16, 2024 3 min

The $3bn Hafeet Rail project between the UAE and Oman will feature 60 bridges and a 2.5km tunnel, making it an “architectural and engineering marvel,” according to CEO Ahmed Al Musawa Al Hashemi.

Hafeet Rail has announced that preparatory work is moving full speed ahead for constructing the transformative railway link between the UAE and Oman. This announcement was made during a site visit attended by key officials, members of the Asyad and Hafeet Rail executive management teams, project contractors, and consultants.

Key Highlights

During the visit, attendees were introduced to the main components of the project, including passenger, repair, and shipping stations, as well as major bridges and tunnel sites.

The Hafeet Rail project is set to play a very important role in enhancing local and regional trade, unlocking new opportunities in the infrastructure, transportation, and logistics sectors, and fostering economic diversification. It will also strengthen bilateral relations between the UAE and Oman.

The project will involve constructing 60 bridges, some reaching heights of up to 34 meters, and tunnels extending 2.5 kilometres. The Hafeet Rail team showcased the latest rail technologies and innovative engineering and architectural solutions designed to navigate the challenging geographical terrain and weather conditions while maintaining high standards of efficiency and safety.

The rail network will boost various industrial sectors and economic activities and significantly impact the tourism industry by facilitating easier and faster travel between the two countries.

Ahmed Al Bulushi, Asyad Group Chief Executive Asset, noted that the project’s rapid progress reflects the commitment of the UAE and Oman to developing and realizing the project’s multifaceted benefits.

Investment and Future Impact

Al Bulushi added that investments in developing local capabilities and expertise in rail-related disciplines over recent years have enabled the project to reach the implementation phase successfully under the leadership of highly efficient and professional national talent.

Hafeet Rail’s CEO Ahmed Al Musawa Al Hashemi emphasized, “The commencement of preparatory works for construction is a testament to the robust synergy between all parties involved in both nations, achieving this milestone in record time. We are confidently laying down the right tracks thanks to the shareholders of Hafeet Rail and the expertise of local companies in Oman and the UAE, alongside international partners.”

During the site visit, the visitors explored some of the key preparatory sites, including Wadi Al Jizi, where a 700-meter-long bridge towering 34 meters will be constructed. This ambitious project is envisioned as an architectural and engineering marvel in a complex geographical landscape.

Future phases will require more collaboration, with a continued focus on quality, safety, and environmental considerations in line with the international industry best practices.

The Hafeet Rail project represents the first-of-its-kind railway network linking two Gulf nations, marking a significant shift in regional goods transportation. This efficient and reliable transportation option will reduce dependence on slower and less sustainable road transport.

Hafeet Rail promises a 40% reduction in shipping costs and a 50% in transit times compared to traditional land transportation methods, as it will be connecting five major ports and several industrial and free zones in both countries.

This shift will reduce reliance on road transport by cars and trucks and promote more sustainable shipping practices. The establishment of the railway network will also create significant opportunities for SMEs in construction, engineering, and logistics support, acting as a catalyst for economic growth and innovation within the domestic economy.

By linking major ports, the Hafeet Rail project will enable local SMEs to import, export, and distribute their products more effectively, enhancing their market reach and global competitiveness.

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