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Shuaa sells 20 per cent stake in Mirfa to Japanese Sojitz


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Shuaa Capital, an asset management and investment banking platform in the region, has divested its 20 per cent equity stake in Mirfa International Power and Water Company (MIPCO), to Japanese group, Sojitz Corporation (Sojitz).

MIPCO was established in 2014 in Abu Dhabi as the 10th project in the private power and water sector launched under the Department of Energy’s privatisation programme, according to a Shuaa Capital statement on Thursday.

The company has developed and operated a power generation and seawater desalination plant in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, with a net power capacity of 1600MW and a net water capacity of 52.5 million gallons per day (MIGD), contracted under the Power and Water Purchase Agreement (PWPA).

Having originally invested in MIPCO in 2015 to support the development phase of the project, this divestment is in line with the Group’s planned exit strategy. MIPCO’s shareholders also include the Abu Dhabi National Energy Group (TAQA) and Engie SA, the French low carbon energy and services group, both of which will remain shareholders (with 60 per cent and 20 per cent stakes respectively).

Sojitz is a multinational trading and investment group, listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, with assets of around $21 billion across a number of sectors. In particular, it has over 40 power projects in more than 14 countries globally, making it an ideal partner for MIPCO going forward.

Commenting on the sale of its stake, Fawad Tariq Khan, MD, Head of Investment Banking at Shuaa Capital, said, “With its experience in international power, Sojitz represents an ideal partner for MIPCO going forward, bringing operational expertise as a strategic investor. So, we are delighted to be able to divest our stake to Sojitz, in line with our planned exit horizon, having supported the development of the MIPCO plant, which will deliver power and water security across the UAE.”


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