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14 May 2009

Ex Hedgie To Build and Run World's Largest Solar Project

Former hedge fund manager, Mitchell Dong, and his new company, Mohave Sun Power, LLC, has announced plans to build a solar project, operating what it says will be the world's largest solar-thermal power plant on land in northwest Arizona.

Dong got in trouble last year with the SEC over some alleged improper trading with his hedge fund Chronos, he was however, able to settle the issue without litigation.

Sunlight will be collected using mirrored troughs and focused on a tube of oil running through the center of the troughs. The oil will be transported back to a central facility where it will be used to generate steam. Some of the energy will be stored in molten salt tanks until it is needed during peak energy times.

"It's a synthetic oil heated to 800 degrees by the sun's light," Dong said. "There are rows and rows of these collectors, and this 800-degree oil is pumped to a central power block, a central location where that hot oil goes to a boiler. It makes steam and drives a single steam turbine."

Dong said some of the generated heat will be stored in molten salt that will allow the plant to generate power at night when cloud cover diminishes solar radiation. However, the company must first settle the sensitive issue of groundwater, as well as obtaining the permits and approval at the federal, state and local level.

MENA Multistrategy Hedge Fund Launch

Alternative asset manager, Duet Group, has launched the first Middle East and North Africa (MENA) multistrategy hedge fund "Duet MENA Opportunities Fund". The new fund will target both equity and fixed income markets in the MENA region and will be managed by Duet MENA Limited, a DIFC licensed asset manager.

Rabih Sultani, Chief Investment Officer, will manage the fund under the leadership of Hedi Ben Mlouka, Chief Executive Officer of Duet MENA. Rabih brings over 9 years of fund management and research experience across equities and fixed income.

"The investment team has one of the longest established track records in the Middle East." Hedi Ben Mlouka said, "The current unfolding crisis has created unprecedented opportunities in global markets. Such opportunities appear to be even more eye-catching in the MENA region, and we, Duet Group, are well positioned to take advantage of these prospects for our clients. I am pleased to announce that Duet's commitment to the Middle East has led to the allocation of significant capital to the fund from existing shareholders and clients".

The new hedge fund will deploy three main investment strategies: Conviction, Relative Arbitrage and Opportunistic trading. These will be premised on pricing dislocations and valuation imbalances that are created from time to time under the influence of economic, political and capital flow factors.

The hedge fund manager has $2 billion of equity under management and their flagship hedge fund 'Duet Global Opportunities Fund' was awarded Best Equity Market Neutral Fund of the year in 2007 by Euro Hedge and HFM.