Shuqaiq 3 IWP’s Financing


Ashurst has advised a consortium of lenders consisting of MUFG, SMBC, Samba Financial Group, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, The National Commercial Bank and The Norinchukin Bank on the successful closing of the Shuqaiq 3 IWP for a total value of more than 600 million dollars.

The 450,000 cm/d independent water project in Saudi Arabia is to be developed by the Shuqaiq Three Company for Water which is owned by Marubeni Corporation, Acciona Agua, S.A., Abdul Latif Jameel Commercial Development Company Limited and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Co. The plant’s entire capacity and water output will be sold to the Water and Electricity Company SMLLC under a 25 year water purchase agreement. The plant will be built by Acciona Agua, S.A. under a turnkey EPC contract. The senior facilities are comprised of a USD 450 million commercial facility.

The Ashurst team was led by partner David Charlier (Picture), assisted by senior associates Brad Sandford and Claire Cornally and solicitors William Keen and Anas Bhurtun on the finance documents, along with senior associate Grant Batten and associate Joanna Codling on the project documents and subcontracts. Partner Kerion Ball and associate Tom Bragg in London assisted on the hedging arrangements.

Involved fees earner: Kerion Ball – Ashurst; Grant Batten – Ashurst; Anas Bhurtun – Ashurst; David Charlier – Ashurst; Joanna Codling – Ashurst; Claire Cornally – Ashurst; William Keen – Ashurst; Brad Sandford – Ashurst;

Law Firms: Ashurst;

Clients: Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank; MUFG; National Commercial Bank (NCB); Norinchukin Bank; Samba Financial Group; Smbc Nikko Capital Markets Limited;