DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”), a leading global independent infrastructure investment fund manager, through its fund DIF Infrastructure IV, together with EDF INVEST, are pleased to announce an agreement to sell their joint 100% ownership stake in Thyssengas Holding GmbH (“Thyssengas”), one of the largest German gas Transmission System Operators (“TSO”), to Macquarie Asset Management (“MAM”), via its fund Macquarie Super Core Infrastructure Fund SCSp (“MSCIF”).
Thyssengas is Germany’s second largest gas TSO, headquartered in Dortmund. Using its 4,400-kilometre-long underground transmission system, the company annually transports around six billion cubic metres of natural gas – one-tenth of Germany’s entire consumption. The gas is delivered to more than 1,000 exit points leading to subsequent networks, industrial customers and power stations.
During DIF’s and EDF INVEST’s joint ownership, Thyssengas has seen significant RAB growth and has developed a sizable future capex project pipeline with more than €500 million of planned projects from 2021 to 2027. One of the largest expansion projects during DIF’s and EDF INVEST’s joint ownership of the company has been “ZEELINK”, a pipeline construction project at the German-Belgian border which was commissioned in May 2021, owned together by Thyssengas and Open Grid Europe (OGE) via a joint venture. Despite significant expansion of the grid, the company has managed to maintain a highly reliable network and an outstanding HSE track record. The implementation of a new digital management system for maintenance processes further helped management to deliver operational efficiencies.
Thyssengas is an industry thought leader and works at the forefront of innovation in the TSO space. In particular, the company is a frontrunner for the rollout of hydrogen in Germany and is actively engaged in hydrogen-related initiatives.
The transaction is expected to be finalised in Q1 2022, subject to customary merger control clearance and foreign investment approval requirements.
RBC Capital Markets served as DIF’s and EDF INVEST’s financial advisor, and Linklaters provided legal advice. Furthermore, DIF and EDF INVEST were supported by Ernst & Young, AFRY Management Consulting, and Willis Towers Watson.
Thyssengas is one of 16 German gas TSOs. Founded in 1921, when its predecessor company built the first gas transmission system in Germany, Thyssengas can look back on a 100-year history, during which it has developed great expertise. Thyssengas currently employs an engaged and motivated team of around 390 employees, across seven locations in Northern Germany. As a TSO, Thyssengas is certified as an Independent Transmission Operator (ITO) by Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), the German Federal Network Agency.
About DIF Capital Partners
DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent fund manager, with more than €9.0 billion in assets under management across nine closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF Capital Partners invests in greenfield and operational infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australasia through two complementary strategies:
- Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure Fund VI is the latest vintage, target equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and (renewable) energy projects.
- DIF CIF funds, of which DIF CIF II is the latest vintage, target equity investments in small to mid-sized economic infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy, and transportation sectors.
DIF supports the goal of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, in-line with global efforts as a result of the Paris Agreement to have net zero emissions by 2050, or sooner.
DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 170 professionals, based in ten offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney, and Toronto. For more information please visit www.dif.eu.
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