Energy PIF and BlackRock to explore Gulf infrastructure projects By Staff Writer & Reuters November 14, 2022 Thomson Reuters/Brendan McDermid BlackRock, which manages more than $10 trillion in assets, plans to build a dedicated infrastructure investment team in Riyadh Saudi’s sovereign wealth fund PIF and BlackRock, the world’s biggest fund manager, have signed an agreement to jointly explore infrastructure projects in the Middle East. The Public Investment Fund (PIF), which manages more than $600 billion in assets, said its non-binding memorandum of understanding will serve as “the anchor for BlackRock’s Middle East infrastructure strategy”. It added that BlackRock, which already has an office in Riyadh, plans to build a dedicated infrastructure investment team in the city. PIF launches regional entities to invest $24bn in multiple sectorsPublic Investment Fund reports 13% profit hike to $22.8bnBlackRock may spur wealthy to make crypto leap Industries to be targeted include energy, utilities, transport and telecoms. It said: “PIF and BlackRock plan to work together to attract regional and international investors to participate in investment projects, boost foreign direct investment into Saudi Arabia, add value to the Saudi Arabian economy and the wider market, while facilitating knowledge and skills transfer.” PIF, which aims to grow its assets under management to more than $1 trillion by 2025, is the engine at the centre of Saudi’s Vision 2030, which aims to wean the kingdom’s economy off oil revenues and lure foreign investment to establish new sectors and spur job creation. In October last year, Saudi Arabia launched a national infrastructure fund to support up to 200 billion riyals ($53 billion) in projects over the next decade. It was advised by BlackRock, which set up an office in Riyadh in 2019 to capitalise on the kingdom’s reform agenda. BlackRock, which manages more than $10 trillion in assets, last year led a consortium to buy a $15.5 billion stake in Saudi Aramco’s gas pipelines company. It had taken a stake in Abu Dhabi energy company ADNOC’s pipeline assets a couple of years earlier.