ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, BOSTON and BREMERHAVEN, Germany, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VTTI B.V. ("VTTI") and ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC ("ArcLight") today announced the signing of an agreement whereby affiliates of VTTI will purchase a 50% interest in Petro Lux S.a.r.l. ("PetroLux") from an affiliate of ArcLight. The ArcLight affiliate will remain a 50% owner of PetroLux.
PetroLux is the indirect owner of a majority interest in Petrotank Neutrale Tanklager GmbH ("Petrotank"). Petrotank is an independent terminal company which owns and operates 23 inland refined product terminals throughout Germany, with total storage capacity of approximately 1 million cubic metres. As partners, VTTI and ArcLight will continue to support Petrotank as an independent terminal operator and provide the company with capital as it pursues high quality growth opportunities in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. Following this transaction, Petrotank will be owned indirectly through affiliated entities, 45% by VTTI, 45% by ArcLight and 10% by Kuhne-Janssen Vermogensverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH.
"VTTI is a company with real ambition," said Rob Nijst, CEO of VTTI, "and we are delighted to have signed this agreement today with ArcLight, a company that shares our ambition to be a leading player in the storage and terminal business."
Daniel Revers, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ArcLight, stated, "The partnership with VTTI is an important milestone for Petrotank. It not only validates ArcLight's investment strategy for Petrotank, but, more importantly, the partnership adds the world class technical and commercial capabilities and resources of a global market leader to a company that is well-positioned for continued growth. We are very pleased to have VTTI join ArcLight as an equal partner in PetroLux and look forward to an exciting future together."
The existing management and all employees of Petrotank will continue to work for Petrotank. All rights and obligations from existing contractual relationships and orders remain unaffected by the change in the shareholder structure. Closing of the transaction is subject to approval by the European Cartel Commission.
VTTI is a major player in the storage and terminal business. A 50/50 joint venture between the Vitol Group, one of the world's largest energy traders and MISC, the major Malaysian shipping company, today VTTI has 11 terminals, with a total capacity of 6 million cubic metres, on five continents. Ambitious plans will increase this capacity to at least 8 million cubic metres by 2013, with terminals located at the world's major trading hubs.
More information about VTTI can be found at http://www.vtti.com.
About ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC
ArcLight is one of the world's leading energy investment firms having invested over $8.5 billion of equity since its inception a decade ago. ArcLight has successfully sourced, managed and realized investments through multiple energy industry cycles. The Firm's investment team has extensive energy expertise, investing experience, industry relationships, and specialized asset level value creation capabilities. ArcLight is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with offices in New York City, Barcelona and Luxembourg.
More information about ArcLight can be found at http://www.arclightcapital.com.
SOURCE ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC