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Blackstone, Saudi's PIF plan $40 bln infrastructure investment fund

RIYADH, May 20 (Reuters) - U.S. private equity firm Blackstone and Saudi Arabia's main sovereign wealth fund said on Saturday they planned to create a $40 billion vehicle to invest in infrastructure projects, mainly in the United States.

Blackstone and the Public Investment Fund signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding for the project, which will depend on further negotiations.

The U.S. firm said it expected the vehicle to have $40 billion of equity commitments, with a $20 billion anchor investment from the PIF and the rest of the money obtained from other investors. Through this equity and debt financing, Blackstone expects to invest in over $100 billion of infrastructure projects, it said. (Reporting by Andrew Torchia; Editing by Alison Williams)