Infracapital to acquire Dutch specialised liquid storage terminal business Vopak Rotterdam Botlek

Infracapital, the infrastructure equity investment arm of M&G Plc, has agreed to acquire 100% of Vopak Rotterdam Botlek (VRB)1, a Dutch specialised liquid storage terminal business based in the Port of Rotterdam.

VRB comprises a portfolio of three chemical liquid storage terminals having a combined capacity of 1.4 million cbm strategically located in the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam, which houses one of Europe’s largest integrated industrial chemicals clusters. The VRB terminals store a variety of base and specialty chemicals and are directly connected to their largest clients in the region via 40 pipelines. VRB has multi-modal connectivity, including deep-sea vessels, barges, pipelines, trucks and trains.

VRB is strongly positioned to capture long term growth in demand from energy transition. The terminals benefit from capacity-based contracts and are deeply embedded in the Botlek industrial cluster with longstanding customer relationships through integration into its customers’ supply chains.

Infracapital will support VRB in its expansion, with the company well positioned for growth via significant valuable land available, positioning it to capture growth in sustainable and circular chemicals in the Botlek area of the port of Rotterdam. The acquisition aligns with Infracapital’s strategy to invest in essential infrastructure to meet the changing needs of society and support long-term economic growth across Europe.

The transaction also marks Infracapital’s fourth investment to date in the Netherlands. Current investments include:

  • Inland Terminals Group (ITG), the largest inland terminal operator in the Benelux; and
  • Eteck, one of the largest owners and operators of collective heating systems to residential and commercial customers.

Herman Deetman, Managing Director at Infracapital, said: “We are delighted to acquire VRB as a leading chemical storage business in the Netherlands, which is strongly positioned to capture sustainable and circular chemicals flows in Northern Europe. VRB is located in a prime location and anchored by multi-year contracts with blue-chip customers. We’re extremely pleased with this transaction and look forward to working with the management team and employees of VRB for continuing to provide high quality storage infrastructure services to the customers of the business”

1Subject to works councils consultation process and Dutch competition authority approval.

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About Infracapital

Infracapital invests in, builds and manages a diverse range of essential infrastructure to meet the changing needs of society and support long-term economic growth. We take an active role in all of our investments, whether nascent or large, to fulfil their potential and ensure they are adaptable and resilient. Our approach creates value for our investors, as we target investments with the scope for stable and sustainable growth. Our portfolio companies work closely with the communities where they are based, to the benefit of all stakeholders. Infracapital is well positioned to deliver the significant investment required to help build the future. The founder-led team of experienced specialists has worked with more than 60 companies around Europe and has raised and managed €8.8 billion of client capital across seven funds. Infracapital is part of M&G Plc, an international savings and investments business, managing money for around 5 million retail customers and more than 800 institutional clients in 26 markets. Total assets under management are £342 billion (as at 31 December 2022).

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