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Banks selected for Passante di Mestre bond financing

State-owned highways manager ANAS has selected one of two competing groups of banks to arrange the €800 million ($1.1 billion) bond financing for the Passante di Mestre toll road in Italy's Veneto region

Preferred bidder for A9 Gaasperdammerweg

Rijkswaterstaat has provisionally appointed the IXAS Zuid-Oost consortium as preferred bidder for the €750 million ($1 billion) A9 Gaasperdammerweg highway PPP

EIB project bond and loan guarantee proposed for A45 toll

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is appraising using two lending support initiatives for the €1.56 billion ($2.1 billion) A45 Lyon/Saint-Etienne real toll road project in France

Saskatoon issues RFQ for North Commuter Parkway PPP

The City of Saskatoon has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for the C$253 million ($235 million) North Commuter Parkway and Traffic Bridge Replacement PPP project in Saskatchewan, Canada

BRICS unveil New Development Bank (NDB)

The BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – have unveiled the New Development Bank (NDB) which will mobilise resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects

DIF third infra fund 40% invested

Netherlands-based fund manager DIF’s third infrastructure fund is 40% invested and there are no immediate plans to fundraise for a fourth fund, the company told IJGlobal.

ICA places Ps3.8bn toll road bond

Mexican construction firm ICA has placed a Ps3.8 billion ($293m) project bond to refinance debt for its La Piedad bypass toll road and Rio Verde – Ciudad Valles hybrid PPP/toll highway

FWO approaches banks on M-9

Frontier Works Organization (FWO) has started informal talks with a number of banks to finance the recently awarded M-9 toll road project

Canada Pension Plan buys stake in Belgium’s Interparking

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has announced that it signed an agreement to invest approximately €376 million ($507 million) of equity for a 39% stake in Interparking, one of Europe’s largest car park management companies

Georgia launches new deep sea port tender

The government of Georgia has begun the tender for the new Anaklia Deep Sea Port, with a call for expressions of interest

TxDOT shortlists five on SH 360 corridor

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has shortlisted five teams for the estimated $200 million State Highway 360 (SH 360) corridor improvement project

MOP Chile shortlists groups for Santiago airport

The Chilean Ministry of Public Works (MOP) has so far shortlisted nine groups to take part in the final bidding round for the retendering of the Santiago Arturo Merino Benitez (AMB) international airport

Egypt prepares Dabaa nuclear tender

Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity intends to launch an international tender for the construction of two nuclear power stations in the Matruh governorate before the end of 2014

Virginia kicks off I-66 corridor PPP procurement

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has begun the procurement process for the estimated $2-3 billion I-66 corridor project under a PPP agreement

US Highway Trust Fund nears temporary reprieve

The US Government's House of Representatives has passed a $10.8 billion bill to temporarily rescue the Highway Trust Fund before it hits insolvency this August

Adviser sought for Haiti Port PPP

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is seeking a technical consultant to advise on the implementation of a PPP project to improve operations and infrastructure at the Cap Haitien Port in northern Haiti

Macquarie Atlas Roads increases stake in APRR

Australian-listed Macquarie Atlas Roads (MQA) has entered an agreement to acquire an additional 0.7% interest in Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône (APRR), the French motorway operator, for €41.5 million