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By Nick Flitterman

Portland assists in the drive to Net Zero

Portland assists in the drive to Net Zero

In October 2020, Portland’s Ian Cogswell participated in a workshop entitled Working Back from Net Zero.  The “Financing Net Zero” group that met during the workshop has continued to meet and formed a network, FTech2Zero, a multiorganizational network of industry experts, who have been drawn together to develop a white paper recognizing the challenges associated with financing and deploying novel technology, raising awareness, and assessing the solutions that can be adapted by both financial institutions and technology providers alike.

With less than 30 years to deliver the UK’s Net Zero ambitions it is critical to focus on measures to accelerate deployment of the technologies which are necessary to deliver net zero goals. Current estimates state that the required investment to create an integrated energy system on the UKCS alone requires investment of approximately £430 billion. It is therefore imperative that any initiative is attractive to a broad range of financial investors.

FTech2Zero has produced a survey to collect voices from the entire energy value chain to help broaden our understanding of what is needed to truly move the dial on financing net zero. The group would greatly appreciate your input on this topic via this 10-minute survey. With this survey, we are trying to collect voices from the entire energy value chain to help broaden our understanding of what is needed to truly move the dial on net zero financing.

You can also join us at the forthcoming virtual roundtable, Financing Technology to Net Zero on 7th April to discuss the survey as we form a better understanding of the current state of investment in novel technologies, as well as how companies are reacting to this transformational issue.

Please Register FREE here, it only takes a minute.

For further information, contact Ian at ian.cogswell@portlandadvisers.com or +44 20 7183 8214

By Nick Flitterman

Ian Cogswell to present at the 4th AAPG Geothermal Cross-Over Workshop

Ian Cogswell to present at the 4th AAPG Geothermal Cross-Over Workshop

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) is hosting a geothermal cross-over workshop to explore ways of harvesting the technical, environmental and commercial synergies between the oil & gas and geothermal sectors.  The workshop will discuss experiences, best practices and knowledge on how to get the best from both the oil & gas sector and the geothermal sector, in order to both accelerate and improve the quality of the geo-energy transition.

On Day 3 of the event, during the session focussing on business synergies, Portland’s Ian Cogswell will present his thoughts on how Project Finance techniques used in the oil & gas sector can be applied to support the development of geothermal projects.

More details and the full workshop program can be found by clicking the link below.

AAPG Geothermal Crossover Workshop

For further information, contact Ian at ian.cogswell@portlandadvisers.com or +44 20 7183 8214

By Nick Flitterman

Ian Cogswell joins the annual Proximo Festive Trends Round-up – Listen Live on 17th December!

Join Portland’s Ian Cogswell for the annual Proximo Festive Trends Round-up on 17th December

What a year 2020 has been.  An unforeseen pandemic, economic collapse, and likely changes to business models for many energy and infrastructure players are just the highlights, if that is the right word.  For sponsors and banks struggling to keep businesses operating smoothly, lockdown will not have meant a slower pace of life.  But the market has continued to absorb transactions (and banks process to waivers!).  In some respects, the world has changed immensely.  In others, life goes on as before.  Some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century – mitigating climate change and ensuring the world’s infrastructure supports continued development – remain.

To try and make sense of the year, and think about where 2020’s events might lead us, Proximo is inviting back its longest-serving regulars, including Portland’s Ian Cogswell, to talk through the last 12 months and ponder where the next 12 months might take us.  Joining the panel alongside Ian will be Tom Nelthorpe, contributing editor of Proximo (moderator); Michael Whalen, managing director at Berkeley Research Group; and Jonathan Yellen of Yellen & Co.

Tune in at 3pm (UK) on Thursday 17th December.  More details can be found at

Proximo Festive Trends Round-up – 17th Dec 2020

For further information, contact Ian at ian.cogswell@portlandadvisers.com or +44 20 7183 8214

By Nick Flitterman

Cogswell joins Proximo’s Weekly Podcast – an oil and gas sector Covid-19 special

Ian Cogswell joins Proximo’s Weekly Debrief to discuss the oil and gas sector in relation to Covid-19

The Proximo Weekly Debrief provides the latest news from the global infrastructure and energy finance sectors. This week, Portland’s Ian Cogswell was asked to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the oil and gas sector.  Topics included the greatest challenges the industry has faced as a result of the pandemic; how the sector has tried to adapt; forecast for a recovery in 2021; and highlighting the most significant deals of 2020.  Listen to the podcast at

Proximo Weekly Podcast 30 Nov 2020 – Ian Cogswell

For further information, contact Ian at ian.cogswell@portlandadvisers.com or +44 20 7183 8214

By Nick Flitterman

Ian Cogswell contributes to Siemens Energy’s “Working Back from Net Zero” workshop and the Energy Knect Expert Insight Newsletter

Ian Cogswell contributes to Siemens Energy’s “Working Back from Net Zero” workshop and the 1st Edition of the Energy Knect Expert Insight Newsletter

The Energy Knect Newsletter was launched in October 2020, with Ian Cogswell providing thoughts on the risks on which lenders specifically focus when financing new oil & gas projects that are designed with the transition to net zero emissions in mind.  This followed on from his participation in Siemens Energy’s “Working Back from Net Zero” workshop, where some of the industry’s leading professionals joined together to brainstorm ideas of how they can collaborate through the energy transition journey.  The workshop concluded that the lack of a common understanding on the level of financial risk due to technology deployment is disabling the energy transition process. There is a need to enable investors to better value the  economic risk of technology deployment in project development and Ian will now work with the workshop participants on a  white paper addressing how technology risk can be mitigated, which will be shared with energy transition stakeholders.

Energy Knect Newsletter October 2020

For further information, contact Ian at ian.cogswell@portlandadvisers.com or +44 20 7183 8214

By Nick Flitterman

Cogswell Discusses Current Developments in the LNG Sector on the Proximo Weekly Webinar

Cogswell Discusses Current Developments in the LNG Sector on the Proximo Weekly Webinar

Portland’s newest recruit, Ian Cogswell, participated in Proximo’s live webinar on 2nd April to discuss current developments in the LNG market, alongside the distinguished independent LNG consultant, Richard Pratt and Encap Consulting’s Sailesh Patel.  Following a discussion on topics that ranged from the demise of the oil price-linked offtake contracts with Asian utilities; the development of LNG-to-Power being increasingly central to new liquefaction developments; and how the debt markets for LNG Projects have evolved in recent years, Ian and the panel answered questions from the online webinar audience.

Hosted by Proximo’s Tom Nelthorpe, the webinar is available on demand at the link below.

https://www.proximoinfra.com/articles/7878/Webinar-LNGs-next-generation-developers-and-markets

For further information, contact Ian at ian.cogswell@portlandadvisers.com or +44 20 7183 8214

By Nick Flitterman

Portland Wins PFI Award

Portland Wins PFI Award

The $4.6 billion debt financing for the Coral South FLNG project, where Portland acted as ECA Advisor to the export credit agencies, has been awarded “2017 Middle East & Africa Oil & Gas Deal of the Year” by Project Finance International.

Portland advised Bank of China, China Development Bank, China Eximbank, ICBC, KEXIM, KSURE, SACE and BPI (COFACE).

To discuss this further, contact Geoff Knox on +44 20 7183 8387 or geoff.knox@portlandadvisers.com

 

By Nick Flitterman

Yamal LNG Commissioned

Yamal LNG Commissioned

The sponsors of the Yamal LNG project in Russia announced the commissioning of the first LNG train ahead of time. The first LNG cargo has been loaded and is in transit to Europe.

Portland advised China Development Bank (CDB), China Eximbank (CEXIM), SACE, BPI (COFACE), JBIC, EXIAR, Euler Hermes and EKN on the US$19 billion limited-recourse debt financing which closed in 2016.

To discuss this further, contact Geoff Knox on +44 20 7183 8387 or geoff.knox@portlandadvisers.com

or Harry Philp on +44 20 7183 8392 or harry.philp@portlandadvisers.com

By Nick Flitterman

Coral South FLNG Closes

Coral South FLNG Closes

Financial close on the landmark $4.6 billion debt financing for the Coral South FLN project reached financial close yesterday.

Portland acted as ECA Advisor to Bank of China, China Eximbank, ICBC, KEXIM, KSURE, SACE and BPI (COFACE).

The project is an gas production and liquefaction development based on a floating LNG vessel offshore Mozambique. Project sponsors are Eni, CNPC, Kogas, GALP and ENH.

The project comprises the development of an offshore gas field connected to a floating gas processing, LNG liquefaction, storage and offloading vessel located above the field with a capacity of 3.5 million tonnes per annum.

To discuss this further, contact Geoff Knox on +44 20 7183 8387 or geoff.knox@portlandadvisers.com

or James Benbow on +44 20 7183 8389 or james.benbow@portlandadvisers.com

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Portland assists in the drive to Net Zero
Ian Cogswell to present at the 4th AAPG Geothermal Cross-Over Workshop
Ian Cogswell joins the annual Proximo Festive Trends Round-up – Listen Live on 17th December!
Cogswell joins Proximo’s Weekly Podcast – an oil and gas sector Covid-19 special
Ian Cogswell contributes to Siemens Energy’s “Working Back from Net Zero” workshop and the Energy Knect Expert Insight Newsletter
Cogswell Discusses Current Developments in the LNG Sector on the Proximo Weekly Webinar
Portland Wins PFI Award
Yamal LNG Commissioned