28 October 2021  |  Sydney

DIF Capital Partners consortium reaches financial close on A$11.1 billion Australian North East Link PPP

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) is pleased to announce that the SPARK consortium comprising DIF Infrastructure VI (“DIF VI”), Capella Capital, John Laing, Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, GS Engineering & Construction, WeBuild, China Construction Oceania and Ventia has reached financial close on the landmark North East Link project in Melbourne, Australia.

North East Link will be the largest transport project in Victoria’s history and the largest PPP project in Australia, with a total cost of A$11.1 billion. DIF VI will own a 20% stake in the Primary Package PPP, which has an unprecedented long-term financing structure in place with top tier local and international financiers.

North East Link (click here for video) will be Victoria’s longest twin road tunnel, with three lanes and ca. 6.5 kilometres in length, finally closing the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network. Up to 135,000 vehicles will use North East Link every day, reducing congestion in the north-east, and giving back local roads to local communities. North East Link will slash travel times by up to 35 minutes, take 15,000 trucks of local roads each day, and create more than 10,000 local jobs.

The project will be delivered by a design & construction joint venture consisting of WeBuild, CPB Contractors, GS Engineering and China Construction Oceania. Operations and maintenance will be undertaken by Ventia.

Gijs Voskuyl, Partner and Head of Investments for DIF VI added: “DIF is excited to work with the North East Link Project Authority and alongside our leading Spark consortium members to deliver this critical missing link in Melbourne’s road network. The North East Link project will not only create thousands of local community jobs, it will also reduce congestion and remove significant freight transport from the existing suburban roads, and thereby significantly improving the liveability of the surrounding communities.”

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.

Thijs Verburg, IR & BD
Email: t.verburg@dif.eu