ADNOC Closes Landmark Pipeline Infrastructure Investment with KKR and BlackRock

Source Press Release
Company ADNOCBlackRock, Inc.Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. 
Tags Asset Deals, Deals, Pipelines/ tankers/ distribution
Date June 27, 2019

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced today that it has closed its pioneering pipeline infrastructure investment agreement with BlackRock and KKR. The transaction was originally announced in February of this year when KKR and BlackRock signed an initialinvestment agreement to invest $4 billion into the midstream pipeline assets. Following this announcement the Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund (ADRPBF) agreed to invest a further $300m. The ADRPBF investment is due to close in the next quarter. The KKR and BlackRock investment, which was successfully funded through their global infrastructure funds and financed by a syndicate of international banks, was oversubscribed during its syndication.

The innovative leasing investment structure marks the first time that leading, global and domestic institutional investors have deployed long-term equity capital into key midstream infrastructure assets of a national oil company in the UAE. This agreement will see BlackRock and KKR acquire a combined 40% stake in a newly formed entity, ADNOC Oil Pipelines – Sole Proprietorship LLC (‘ADNOC Oil Pipelines’), with ADRPBF acquiring 3% and  ADNOC holding the remaining 57%.  ADNOC Oil Pipelines leases  ADNOC’s interest in 18 pipelines, transporting stabilized crude oil and condensate across ADNOC’s offshore and onshore upstream concessions, for a 23-year period. The entity receives a tariff payable by ADNOC, for its share of volume of crude and condensate that flows through the pipelines, backed by minimum volume commitments. Sovereignty over the pipelines and management of pipeline operations remain with ADNOC.

Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Group Director Finance and Investment at ADNOC said: “The successful closing of this pioneering transaction and the oversubscribed financing is a clear vote of confidence by the global investment and finance community in both the UAE and  ADNOC as an attractive investment destination. It also highlights the quality of  ADNOC’s midstream pipeline assets and our innovative approach to structuring value-creating investment opportunities for our partners and investors.” 

The collection of 18 pipelines being leased by ADNOC Oil Pipelines has a total length of over 750km, and a total aggregate capacity of approximately 13,000 Mbblpd (gross). These assets represent key midstream infrastructure for Abu Dhabi’s energy ecosystem, allowing for the vast majority of Abu Dhabi’s crude oil production to be transported from  ADNOC’s onshore and offshore upstream assets, to Abu Dhabi’s key take-away outlets and terminals for conversion to other high-value products, or on to global energy markets. The pipelines have underlying long-term minimum volume commitments and are supported by stable crude oil production from ADNOC Onshore and  ADNOC Offshore – the leading onshore and offshore operating companies in  ADNOC with global IOCs as JV partners, each with an average remaining concession life of over 35 years.

Over the last two years, ADNOC has significantly expanded its strategic partnership and co-investment model and created new investment opportunities across all areas of its value chain, while at the same time, more proactively managing its portfolio of assets and capital. This transaction continues this strategy and follows on from several other recent value creation initiatives including  ADNOC’s debut capital markets transaction, the issuance of the Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline (ADCOP) bond, the IPO of ADNOC Distribution, the recent strategic equity and commercial partnerships between  ADNOC Drilling and Baker Hughes as well as  ADNOC Refining and  Eni and  OMV. Fitch Ratings also recently assigned ADNOC a standalone credit rating of AA+ and a Long-Term Issuer Default Rating of AA with a Stable Outlook. Both ratings are the highest currently assigned by Fitch for any oil and gas company, globally.

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