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Mubadala Petroleum Awards EPCIC Contract to Nippon Steel and Sumikin Engineering

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Mubadala Petroleum, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, announced that it has awarded a platform engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract to Nippon Steel and Sumikin Engineering Co. Ltd. (NSSE). The EPCIC contract covers the Nong Yao oil field development in Block G11/48 in the Gulf of Thailand.

In August 2013, the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute reported that Mubadala Petroleum had decided to develop Block G11/48, but was still in negotiations regarding the contract for platform construction. The location of the concession is 165 km offshore in depths of 75 meters.

When questioned on the oil production from the facility, a spokesperson from Mubadala responded immediately via email stating, “peak rates are expected to reach approximately 10,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) within a few months of first oil.” But the development which, “consists of a Wellhead Processing platform (WPP) and Wellhead Platform (WHP) with interconnecting pipelines to a Floating Storage and Offloading vessel (FSO) will be capable of producing up to 15,000 bopd.

Mubadala Petroleum, the operator of the concession, holds a joint interest in the concession with KrisEnergy Ltd. KrisEnergy claims a 25% working interest, with the rest being held by Mubadala Petroleum.

“We are pleased to be making headway,” said Chris Gibson-Robinson, KrisEnergy’s Director of Exploration & Production of the Nong Yao development. “We declared [sic] final investment decision in August last year and preliminary fabrication work commenced in November.”

Cryptocurrencies Creep into the Middle East

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Banking behemoth J.P. Morgan Chase disclosed its own digital currency called JPM Coin. The digital token will be used to settle payments between clients. JPM Coin will be backed by physical U.S. dollars and be based off Quorum. Quorum is J.P. Morgan’s private Ethereum-based chain. JPM Coin plans to compete with Ripple, which created XRP, another digital currency that is used for settlements. Ripple’s main target market is cross-border payments and remittances.

The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority have unveiled their plans for Aber, an interbank digital currency. Both banks have indicated that Aber will be limited to financial settlements using distributed ledger technologies. It will be rolled out on a probational basis, and used by select banks within the two countries. A date for rollout has not yet been declared. A joint statement hinted at a broader application of the currency in the days ahead. If “no technical obstacles are encountered, economic and legal requirements for future uses will be considered.”‏ Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers technologies will be employed. The plan is for ‘Proof-of-Concept’ testing, which involves studying and fully comprehending the ways modern technologies can achieve practical applications. The digital currency has the potential to become a reserve system for central payments.

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CPPIB Inks Partnership Vehicle with La Française and its Shareholder CMNE

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La Française and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) formed a strategic partnership for the launch of a real estate investment and development vehicle: Société Foncière et Immobilière du Grand Paris. The joint venture between CPPIB (80%) and Caisse Fédérale du Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe (CMNE) (20%), La Française’s shareholder, will invest in major real estate projects linked to the Grand Paris infrastructure in the Greater Paris area. The parties will initially allocate €387.5 million in equity to the venture. The partnership will target regeneration and infrastructure-led investments.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Norges Bank Governor Voices Opinion on Relaxing SWF Withdrawals over Specific Uses

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Øystein Olsen, the Governor of Norges Bank, which oversees the Norway Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), voiced his opinion on the Norwegian government’s plans to alter the rules that regulates the country’s SWF withdrawal rules in certain circumstances. The coalition government led by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg wants to relax the limits on SWF withdrawals in specific cases. Norway’s government seeks to raid the fund to pay for the replacement of four major state buildings impacted by a terrorist attack and a crashed Royal Norwegian Navy frigate (KNM Helge Ingstad).

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