Acquisition of 15.19% stake in one of the largest LNG terminals in Continental Europe
AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets agrees to acquire stake in one of the largest LNG terminals in Continental Europe
- State-of-the-art Dunkirk terminal benefits from long-term contracts with EDF and TOTAL -
AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets (“AXA IM - Real Assets”), a global leader in real assets investment and the leading real estate portfolio and asset manager in Europe, announces that it has agreed to acquire, on behalf of clients, and in joint venture with Crédit Agricole Assurances and Fluxys, a 35.76% stake in the Dunkirk LNG regasification terminal (“Dunkirk LNG”), Northern France.
With Fluxys already holding 25% in the facility, the company through the consortium will have ~30.39% in the capital of the terminal while AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets, on behalf of its clients, and Crédit Agricole Assurances each will hold ~15.19%. The vendors are EDF Développement Environnement S.A. (“EDF”) and Total Gaz Electricité Holding France S.A.S (“Total”), who between them own a 75% stake and have also agreed to sell 39.24% to a consortium of Korean investors led by IMP Group.
Commissioned in January 2017, Dunkirk LNG is one of Continental Europe’s largest liquefied natural gas terminals. With an annual regasification capacity of 13 billion m3 and storage capacity of 600,000 m³, Dunkirk LNG can meet 20% of France and Belgium’s gas demand. The terminal also benefits from flexible access to the UK, and other North-western European countries.
Dunkirk LNG’s business is underpinned by long duration underlying earnings with about three-quarters of the terminal’s capacity committed to EDF and Total under take-or-pay contracts until 2036. The remaining quarter of terminal capacity serves the evolving North-western Europe LNG market.
This acquisition follows AXA IM - Real Assets’ acquisition in March, of a 15% stake in Agility Trains West in the UK, and its earlier acquisition of a stake in the A63 motorway in France.
Mark Gilligan, Head of Infrastructure Equity at AXA IM - Real Assets, commented: “In early 2017 we identified Dunkirk LNG as an ideal addition to our managed portfolio. We were especially impressed by its superb engineering, strategic location and essentiality to the long-term secure energy supply of North-western Europe. We value investing alongside aligned financial and operating partners – importantly, Fluxys has a reputation for operational excellence including health, safety and the environment. More broadly, we consider natural gas an important component of a low carbon future.”
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