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Advisors selected for Abu Dhabi 350MW solar park

Alderbrook Finance will take the lead as financial adviser and Fichtner Consulting Engineering will be the technical adviser

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A team of financial, legal and technical advisers has been selected for the 350MW solar project to be built in Sweihan, a few kilometers from Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) has chosen lobbying firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as the legal adviser, reported The National.

Alderbrook Finance will take the lead as financial adviser and Fichtner Consulting Engineering will be the technical adviser.

Fichtner, a German company, confirmed that it was appointed as technical adviser. The independent engineering consultancy is also involved in the third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum PV solar park, which will produce 800MW.

For the financial role, the big four financial advisers – Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and KPMG – were edged out by a boutique firm.

That company, Alderbrook, is led by Bill Appleby, the former Citigroup head of project finance in Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He confirmed the appointment.

Mr Appleby had a hand in Saudi Electricity Company’s independent power pro­ducer programme, which used the same scheme that the Sweihan project will operate under. He also helped the Mor­occan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) to develop several solar projects.

The Sweihan solar park is to produce enough electricity to power more than 50,000 homes, with Adwea paying only for the net electricity supplied by the plant. The utility is to own 60 per cent of the project with the developer (which has yet to be selected) holding the remaining stake.

This will be Adwea’s first ­foray into the solar sector, and many companies are lining up to get a chunk, including regional firms such as Masdar and the Saudi companies Acwa Power and Abdul Latif Jameel.

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