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29 October 2014

MEASAT-3b satellite ready to enter service

MEASAT, a premium supplier of satellite communication services in Asia, has successfully completed in orbit testing of its MEASAT-3b satellite launched from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Since 2012 Mott MacDonald has provided technical advice on the project, which reached financial close in May 2014.

The MEASAT-3b satellite will provide extra capacity for international broadcasting, telecommunications services and Direct-To-Home television platforms in Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Australia.

Mott MacDonald carried out due diligence for the project’s lenders to ensure that the technical performance of the system and operations fully supported the business case. In addition, the consultancy also assessed the cost, schedule and performance of the project to determine any potential technical, commercial or financial risks.

Andrew Doyle, Mott MacDonald’s director of technology and communications, said: “Mott MacDonald has acted as technical advisor on more satellite projects using project finance than any other company. Our work in this sector dates back to 2003 with a combined financing well in excess of US$4.5 billion.”

“We expect to provide operations monitoring to the lenders in the post-construction phase,” Andrew added.

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