15 January 2020  |  Sydney

DIF Capital Partners to invest in South Australian Schools PPP

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) is pleased to announce that the TESA Education consortium, comprising DIF Infrastructure V, Tetris Capital, Sarah Construction and ISS Facility Services, has reached financial close on the South Australian PPP Schools (“SA Schools”) project in Adelaide, Australia.

The SA Schools project involves the design, build, finance and maintenance of two new schools located ~40km north and south of Adelaide, respectively. Both schools will accommodate 1,500 students and will cater for an additional 100 students with learning difficulties. The schools will include community hubs, performing arts centres, gyms, sporting facilities, libraries and entrepreneurial hubs.

The availability-based project with the AA+ rated South Australian Department of Treasury and Finance has a tenor of 30 years, including a 28-year operational period.

Design and construction works will be undertaken by Sarah Construction and the facilities will be maintained by ISS Facility Services. Both schools are expected to open before the start of the 2022 academic year.

Marko Kremer, Partner and DIF’s Head of Australasia added: “DIF is excited to invest in this new schools project, which will provide modern educational facilities in fast-growing regions of the South Australian community and thereby contribute to the socioeconomic development of the region.”

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €6.0 billion of assets under management across eight closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure funds target equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, utilities and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams.
  • DIF CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams.

DIF has a team of over 135 professionals, based in nine offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Santiago, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

Contact:
Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

1 July 2019  |  Sydney

DIF consortium reaches financial close on Australian Cross River Rail PPP

DIF is pleased to announce that the PULSE consortium, comprising DIF Infrastructure V, Pacific Partnerships, BAM PPP PGGM and Ghella Investments & Partnerships, has reached financial close on the Tunnel, Stations & Development PPP package of the Cross River Rail project in Brisbane, Australia.

Cross River Rail is South East Queensland’s largest infrastructure project, with the consortium delivering the design, build, finance and maintenance of a new 10.2km rail line connecting the north and south of Brisbane, including twin 5.9km tunnels under the Brisbane River and central business district. The availability-based PPP package also includes the delivery of four new underground stations and maintenance works that will be provided for 24 years.

Design and construction works will be undertaken by CPB Contractors, BAM International, Ghella and UGL. In addition, UGL will be responsible for maintenance services. Construction is expected to commence later this year.

The State Government is providing a A$5.4 billion capital contribution for the construction of the project.

Marko Kremer, Partner and DIF’s Head of Australasia added: “DIF is excited to work with the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority to deliver Queensland’s highest priority infrastructure investment. This landmark project is truly city-changing and will enable higher frequency and better connected public transport across the network and unlock critical capacity on Brisbane’s constrained rail network, improving passenger comfort and service reliability.”

About DIF

DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America, South America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has a team of over 120 professionals, based in eight offices located in Schiphol (the Netherlands), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

Contact: Allard Ruijs, Partner; a.ruijs@dif.eu.

12 June 2019  |  Sydney

DIF to build Australian workers accommodation facility

DIF is pleased to announce that, together with its consortium partners, it has reached financial close on the Bay Village workers accommodation facility which will support the North West Shelf and Pluto LNG projects in Karratha, Western Australia.

The 15-year agreement includes the design, build, finance, operations and maintenance of a new 604-bed workers accommodation facility. Construction on the Bay Village facility will commence imminently, with operations expected to commence in mid-2020.

DIF Infrastructure V will be the 100% owner of the project, whilst design and construction works will be undertaken by Multiplex, and operations and maintenance services will be undertaken by Compass Group. The counterparties to the agreement are the North West Shelf and Pluto LNG projects, which are operated by Woodside, one of Australia’s largest natural gas producers.

BFIN (financial) and Corrs Chambers Westgarth (legal) advised the consortium. Financing was provided by Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Marko Kremer, Partner and DIF’s Head of Australasia added: “DIF is excited to be working with the North West Shelf and Pluto LNG projects to support their ongoing operations and growth plans. We are pleased to be involved with these Woodside-led projects, with LNG being an important solution to achieving a lower emissions future.”

About DIF

DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has a team of over 120 professionals, based in eight offices located in Schiphol (the Netherlands), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

Contact: Allard Ruijs, Partner; a.ruijs@dif.eu.

12 April 2019  |  Sydney

DIF consortium selected as preferred bidder for Australian Cross River Rail PPP

DIF is pleased to announce that the PULSE consortium, comprising DIF Infrastructure V, Pacific Partnerships, BAM PPP PGGM and Ghella Investments & Partnerships, has been selected as preferred bidder on the Tunnel, Stations & Development PPP package of the AUD 5.4 billion Cross River Rail project in Brisbane, Australia.

The availability based public private partnership contract with the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority includes the design, build, finance and maintenance of a new 10.2km rail line connecting the north and south of Brisbane, which includes twin 5.9km tunnels under the Brisbane River and central business district. The PPP package also includes the delivery of four new underground stations and maintenance works that will be provided for 24 years.

Design and construction works will be undertaken by CPB Contractors, BAM International and Ghella. UGL will be responsible for mechanical and electrical works, as well as the maintenance services.

Marko Kremer, Partner and DIF’s Head of Australasia added: “DIF is excited to be working with the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority to deliver Queensland’s highest priority infrastructure investment. This landmark project is truly city-changing and will enable higher frequency and better connected public transport across the network.”

About DIF

DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has a team of over 120 professionals, based in eight offices located in Schiphol (the Netherlands), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

Contact:
Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

15 February 2019  |  Sydney

DIF, CIMIC Group and CAF consortium reaches financial close on Regional Rail PPP

DIF is pleased to announce that the Momentum Trains consortium, comprising DIF Infrastructure V, CIMIC Group companies Pacific Partnerships, UGL and CPB Contractors, and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), has reached financial close on the Regional Rail design, build, finance and maintain project in New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

The availability based contract with Transport for NSW includes delivery of a new regional rail fleet, along with a purpose built maintenance facility in Dubbo, New South Wales. The fleet will enter service progressively from 2023 and will deliver a new standard in reliability, safety and comfort for regional and interstate travellers.

Rolling stock manufacturer CAF, will be responsible for building 117 new rail cars which are based on its successful Civity platform. CAF, together with CPB Contractors, will develop the maintenance facility and UGL will be responsible for maintaining the fleet and maintenance facility for the initial 15-year concession.

Wim Blaasse, Managing Partner of DIF, says: “DIF is excited to invest in this significant rolling stock project which will deliver a high quality rail experience for interstate and regional travellers and commuters. This project is the result of our strong relationship with CIMIC Group and CAF.”

Marko Kremer, Partner and DIF’s Head of Australasia, adds: “DIF is delighted to be working in partnership with Transport for NSW on this major rolling stock project and contributing to the economic development of regional NSW. This new rolling stock fleet will deliver improved comfort and reliability, and make long distance travel on the east coast of Australia safer, faster and more convenient.”

The Momentum Trains consortium was advised by MUFG (financial) and Herbert Smith Freehills (legal).

About DIF
DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has a team of over 115 professionals, based in eight offices located in Schiphol (the Netherlands), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

Contact:
Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

29 January 2019  |  Sydney

DIF acquires Warradarge Wind Farm in Australia

DIF is pleased to announce the acquisition of the 180MW Warradarge Wind Farm, the third and largest asset to be acquired by the renewable energy investment vehicle ‘Bright Energy Investments’ which is a joint venture between DIF Infrastructure V, CBUS and Synergy.

The Warradarge Wind Farm is a greenfield project located near Eneabba in Western Australia and is recognised as one of the best renewable energy projects in Australia due to its location and abundant wind resource. The total output will have a circa 50% capacity factor, the equivalent to the average annual electricity needs of 135,000 Western Australian homes.

Vestas has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract as well as the operations and maintenance contract with a yield-based availability guarantee. Construction is expected to commence in early 2019, creating up to 200 local jobs and first power is expected to be generated in 2020. Its 51 turbines will be among the largest in Western Australia with a tip height of 152 metres, sporting some of the longest blades onshore at 66 metres. Synergy, an electricity generator and retailer that is owned by the Western Australian Government, will purchase all electricity and renewable certificates from the project, assisting Synergy and Western Australia to meet its 2020 Large-scale Renewable Energy Target obligations.

This investment fits neatly within DIF’s mandate to acquire infrastructure and renewable energy assets that will deliver long-term stable cash flows for the fund and add to DIF’s existing portfolio of Australian renewable energy assets.

Marko Kremer, DIF’s Head of Australasia added: “DIF is delighted that it played a leading role in this significant project for Western Australia and excited to make a large contribution to the growing Australian renewable energy market, which supports the nation’s commitment to a greener economy, as well as creating job opportunities in Western Australia.””

About DIF
DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has a team of over 110 professionals, based in eight offices located in Schiphol (the Netherlands), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

Contact:
Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

 

17 October 2018  |  Sydney

DIF invests in Australian waste-to-energy facility

DIF is pleased to announce that a consortium comprising DIF, Macquarie Capital and Phoenix Energy Australia has achieved financial close on a greenfield waste-to-energy facility in Kwinana, near Perth, Australia. DIF has acquired a 60% shareholding in the project through two of its funds: DIF Infrastructure IV and DIF Infrastructure V.

Once operational the facility will divert up to 400,000 metrics tons of household, commercial, and industrial waste from landfills each year, representing a quarter of Perth’s post-recycling rubbish. The facility will benefit from long term municipal waste supply agreements with Rivers Regional Council and the City of Kwinana, two regional councils located in the Perth region.

At the facility the waste will undergo thermal treatment, whereby the recovered energy is converted into steam to produce electricity. Metallic materials will be recovered and recycled, while other by-products of the process will be reused as construction materials. At full capacity, the facility will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 200,000 metric tons per year, the equivalent of taking 43,000 cars off the road.

Acciona, a global leader in waste-to-energy facilities, will design and construct the facility. The facility will use Keppel-Seghers moving grate technology, a proven technology which is used in over 100 waste-to-energy facilities across the globe. During the construction phase, more than 800 jobs will be created including apprenticeships and a range of sub-contracting and supply opportunities for local businesses. Construction will commence this month, while start of operations is planned for the end of 2021.

Once operational Veolia, which operates over 60 waste-to-energy plants across the globe, will operate and maintain the facility under a 25-year agreement. During the operational phase approximately 60 full-time positions will be created.

Managing Director of DIF Australia, Marko Kremer, added: “DIF is excited to invest in this landmark waste-to-energy facility in Australia and looks forward to continuing its contribution to the sector going forward. European countries have long embraced the conversion of waste into energy, which has proven to deliver multiple benefits in terms of managing waste and contributing to a sustainable and secure energy supply.”

About DIF

DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has over 100 professionals in eight offices, located in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please see www.dif.eu or further information on DIF.

For further information on the project please contact:

Allard Ruijs
Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

1 July 2018  |  Sydney

DIF featured in Infrastructure Investor roundtable on the Australian infrastructure market

DIF’s Head of Australia Marko Kremer participated in a roundtable discussion organized by Infrastructure Investor about sentiment in and an outlook for the Australian infrastructure market.

For the full article please see: Australia Roundtable

10 April 2018  |  Sydney

DIF enters Australian renewable energy joint venture with Synergy and Cbus

DIF Infrastructure V (DIF V) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a joint venture with Synergy and Cbus Super to form Bright Energy Investments (BEI). BEI is to invest in a portfolio of utility scale wind and solar PV power projects located in Australia, with DIF V and Cbus Super to hold about 40% per cent equity interest in BEI, and Synergy to hold about 20%. Synergy is an electricity generator and retailer that is owned by the Western Australian Government.

Initially BEI is to acquire the operational 36MW Albany Grasmere Wind Farm, the 40MW Greenough River Solar Farm (10MW in operation and 30MW in construction) and the proposed 180MW Warradarge Wind Farm. All projects are located in Western Australia. A pipeline of additional projects have also been identified that BEI will look to acquire, subject to certain investment criteria being met.

This investment fits neatly within DIF’s mandate to acquire infrastructure and renewable energy assets that will deliver long-term stable cash flows for the fund. The investment adds to DIF’s existing portfolio of Australian renewable energy assets, including the Royalla, Clare and Bungala solar PV projects.

Marko Kremer, DIF’s Head of Australasia added: “”DIF is excited to enter into this joint venture with Cbus and Synergy, as well as adding a variety of wind and solar farms to its existing investment portfolio. We are excited to be part of the growing Australian renewable energy market, which supports the nation’s commitment to a greener economy, as well as creating job opportunities in Western Australia.””

DIF Profile

DIF is an independent and specialist fund management company, managing funds of approximately €5.1 billion across seven closed-end investment funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in the global infrastructure market through two differentiated and complementary strategies.

The majority of DIF’s funds, including DIF Infrastructure V, target PPP / PFI / P3, regulated infrastructure assets and renewable energy projects.

DIF CIF I targets small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the telecom infrastructure, rail, energy and utility sectors that generate stable and predictable cash flows that are contracted over the mid-term with highly rated entities.

Both strategies targets both greenfield and brownfield projects in Europe, North America and Australasia.
DIF has offices in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Luxembourg, Madrid, Toronto and Sydney.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Mansfield, Partner
Email: c.mansfield@dif.eu

Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

21 December 2017  |  Sydney

DIF acquires Australian Student Accomodation concession

DIF is pleased to announce that DIF Infrastructure V has acquired a 30 year Purpose Built Student Accommodation (“PBSA”) concession from the University of Tasmania in Australia.

The University of Tasmania is the only university in the Australian state of Tasmania. Under a 30 year concession, DIF as a sole equity sponsor, will operate and maintain a portfolio of approximately 1,800 existing beds across 10 PBSA facilities.

In addition, DIF has a right of first offer for any new PBSA builds, representing a positive long term relationship and pipeline with the University.

Tetris Capital was financial adviser to DIF in relation to this transaction and Corrs Chambers Westgarth acted as legal adviser.

Marko Kremer, DIF’s Head of Australasia added: “DIF is proud to have entered into this partnership with the University of Tasmania to support their academic and educational pursuits.”

DIF Profile

DIF is an independent and specialist fund management company, managing funds of approximately €4.6 billion across seven closed-end investment funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in the global infrastructure market through two differentiated and complementary strategies.

The majority of DIF’s funds, including DIF Infrastructure V, target PPP / PFI / P3, regulated infrastructure assets and renewable energy projects.

DIF CIF I targets small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the telecom infrastructure, rail, energy and utility sectors that generate stable and predictable cash flows that are contracted over the mid-term with highly rated entities.

Both strategies targets both greenfield and brownfield projects in Europe, North America and Australasia.

DIF has offices in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Luxembourg, Madrid, Toronto and Sydney.

For more information, please contact:

Paul Nash, Partner
Email: p.nash@dif.eu

Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

10 August 2017  |  Sydney

DIF acquires a 25% stake in a major Jet Fuel Pipeline at Melbourne’s Tullamarine International Airport

DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I (“DIF CIF I”) is pleased to announce that it has acquired a 25% interest in the Somerton Pipeline.

The Somerton Pipeline is a 34km jet fuel pipeline which supplies fuel to Melbourne’s Tullamarine International Airport. It is a vital part of the jet fuel supply chain at Australia’s second busiest airport and supplies the majority of the total fuel demand at the airport.

Marko Kremer, DIF’s Head of Australasia added: “DIF is delighted to add the Somerton Pipeline to its existing investment portfolio. We are excited to be a shareholder of a critical piece of the supply chain infrastructure supporting the Tullamarine Airport.”

DIF Profile

DIF is an independent and specialist fund management company, managing funds of approximately €4.2 billion across seven closed-end investment funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in the global infrastructure market through two differentiated and complementary strategies.

The majority of DIF’s funds target PPP / PFI / P3, regulated infrastructure assets and renewable energy projects in Europe, North America and Australasia.

DIF CIF I targets small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the telecom infrastructure, rail, energy and utility sectors that generate stable and predictable cash flows that are contracted over the mid-term with highly rated entities. The fund targets both greenfield and operational projects in Europe, North America and Australasia.

DIF has offices in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Luxembourg, Madrid, Toronto and Sydney.

For more information, please contact:

Willem Jansonius, Partner
E-mail: w.jansonius@dif.eu

Allard Ruijs, Partner
E-mail: a.ruijs@dif.eu

30 May 2017  |  Sydney

DIF acquires 125 MW solar project in Australia

DIF Infrastructure IV is pleased to announce the acquisition of 100% of the 125 MW Clare Solar PV project from Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), via a 50 – 50 joint venture with Lighthouse Infrastructure.

Developed by FRV, the Clare Solar Farm is located around 35 km south-west of Ayr in Northern Queensland. The 125MW (DC) photovoltaic solar farm is currently under construction and is scheduled to commence operations in late 2017. The project will create up to 200 jobs during construction and when completed will generate enough electricity to power approximately 42,000 Queensland homes, abating nearly 200,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions annually.

Origin Energy, a major Australian energy company, has entered into a long-term contract to purchase 100% of the electricity output and large-scale renewable energy certificates (LGCs) generated by the project.

Project finance has been provided to the project by NAB and SMBC.

RBC Capital Markets and Société Générale were financial advisers to Lighthouse and DIF in relation to the acquisition and King Wood Mallesons acted as legal adviser.

Marko Kremer, DIF’s Head of Australasia added: “This acquisition represents DIF’s third large scale solar PV project in Australia, and we are delighted to further extend our relationship with FRV following the acquisition of the Royalla Solar Farm in 2016”.

DIF Profile

DIF is an independent and specialist fund management company, managing funds of approximately €3.7 billion. DIF invests in infrastructure assets that generate long term stable cash flows, including PPP / PFI / P3, regulated infrastructure assets and renewable energy projects in Europe, North America and Australia. DIF has offices in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Luxembourg, Madrid, Toronto and Sydney.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Mansfield, Partner, Head of Renewable Energy
Email: c.mansfield@dif.eu

Allard Ruijs, Partner, Head of Investor Relations & Business Development
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu