Infrastructure

Our highly-resources global infrastructure team seeks out compelling investments across infrastructure markets - each designed to deliver attractive, stable and more predictable long-term returns.

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Experienced team

We have a large and experienced team of infrastructure specialists. The team is well placed to leverage its extensive networks and deep research capabilities to source attractive investments across economic and concession infrastructure markets, creating positive outcomes for our clients.

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Opportunity

Through our infrastructure equity offering, we give our clients the opportunity to invest directly in economic and concession infrastructure assets that provide essential public services and that generate economic growth. These assets can provide attractive, stable and more predictable long-term returns given their importance in a functioning society.

Concession Infrastructure

A 20-year track record of investing and asset management, predominately in long-term government contracts and social and economic infrastructure projects.

Scale

We are part of the Aberdeen Standard Investments brand which manages more than £18.1bn/€19.9bn/$22.4bn of assets across private markets. This makes us part of one of the largest private markets investors in the world. In total, over £4.1bn/€4.5bn/$3.96bn of infrastructure investments is managed on behalf of investors.*

*Source Aberdeen Standard Investments. As at 30/06/2020.

Team

Established in 1998, our highly experienced team of 34 investment professionals have invested in over 120 infrastructure investments to date (May, 2019). The team is based in London, Edinburgh, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, Bahrain, Sydney and Bogota.

Investors

Our investor base spans both public and corporate pension funds, insurance companies and family offices across the world.

Strategy

We focus on availability-based, partially inflation-linked cash flows with little or no correlation to economic cycles. Value resides in the contract, with limited risk associated with residual asset value.

We invest in hospitals, schools, roads, rolling stock, government accommodation, social housing, and waste and water in the UK, Europe, Australia, US, the Middle East and Latin America.

Concession portfolio

roads

Roads

The North Carolina Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, proposed to improve 26 miles of I-77 from I-277 by introducing High Occupancy Toll lanes.

The proposed I-77 HOT project is a conversion and expansion of the current High Occupancy Vehicle facility that will provide growing communities and congested I-77 traffic with additional capacity

Sector: Transport

Geography: North Carolina

Project Size: US $663m

industrial buildings

Social

Paris Justice Court is a PPP contract to design, build finance, maintain and operate a new Justice Court in Paris . The new Justice Court will house 90 courtrooms and is expected to be visited by 8,500 people daily.  

The Project Agreement is 32 years, including a 5 year construction period. The term of the operation period is fixed to 27 years.

Sector: Government

Geography: Paris, France

Project Size: €605m

brown belt

Water Treatment

Mundaring Water Treatment Plant is the design, build, finance and operations of a new treatment plant near Perth, Western Australia. The plant will serve the Goldfields Agriculture region and will supply over 100,000 inhabitants with fresh water supply.

The project has been successfully operating since 2013 and we have recently completed the first senior debt refinancing as planned for a further 5 year tenor.

Sector: Water Treatment

Geography: Perth, Australia

Project Size: A$ 400m

  • Roads

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, proposed to improve 26 miles of I-77 from I-277 by introducing High Occupancy Toll lanes.

    The proposed I-77 HOT project is a conversion and expansion of the current High Occupancy Vehicle facility that will provide growing communities and congested I-77 traffic with additional capacity

    Sector: Transport

    Geography: North Carolina

    Project Size: US $663m

  • Social

    Paris Justice Court is a PPP contract to design, build finance, maintain and operate a new Justice Court in Paris . The new Justice Court will house 90 courtrooms and is expected to be visited by 8,500 people daily.  

    The Project Agreement is 32 years, including a 5 year construction period. The term of the operation period is fixed to 27 years.

    Sector: Government

    Geography: Paris, France

    Project Size: €605m

  • Water Treatment

    Mundaring Water Treatment Plant is the design, build, finance and operations of a new treatment plant near Perth, Western Australia. The plant will serve the Goldfields Agriculture region and will supply over 100,000 inhabitants with fresh water supply.

    The project has been successfully operating since 2013 and we have recently completed the first senior debt refinancing as planned for a further 5 year tenor.

    Sector: Water Treatment

    Geography: Perth, Australia

    Project Size: A$ 400m

Economic Infrastructure

Our economic infrastructure investment philosophy centres on our belief that infrastructure is a long-term asset class capable of delivering attractive, consistent returns to investors.

Philosophy

Our economic infrastructure investment philosophy centres on our belief that infrastructure is a long-term asset class capable of delivering attractive, consistent returns to investors. Our approach is focused on:

  • developing a long-term fund structure which is aligned with investors' objectives.
  • creating a portfolio of mid-market core/core+ infrastructure investments.
  • recognising the importance of effective asset management and stakeholder engagement.
  • clearly defining what constitutes core infrastructure within our target return range.

Investors

Our investor base spans both public and corporate pension funds, insurance companies and family offices across the world.

Strategy

We invest in operational assets with limited or no construction risk. We target infrastructure investments in Europe which are typically yielding from day one. We are attracted to the following investment characteristics:

  • lower to mid-market assets in less competitive areas of the market.
  • assets which provide essential services and have predictable cashflows.
  • regulated assets or assets with a strong, contractual framework.
  • lower risk assets that require limited operational development.
  • majority stakes or minority interests where we have appropriate governance rights.

Portfolio

Nordic Power

Nordic Power

In June 2015, we acquired 100% of Nordic Power AS, a portfolio of 13 newly commissioned hydropower plants from Nordkraft, a Norwegian utility controlled by the Narvik Municipality. Since acquisition, we have added an additional two plants to the portfolio, taking the total projected annual output to 160 GWh.

Key attractions:

  • Attractive return and yield profile
  • Core, power generation asset
  • Proven technology, low operating risk and long asset lives
  • Exclusive option over pipeline of new plants
Sector Subsector Geography Ownership
Energy Hydro Norway 100%
Equities

Rock Rail

Rock Rail East Anglia PLC

Aquired October 2015. 20x12 carriage electric Stadler trains, 24x4 and 14x3 carriage bi-mode Stadler trains serving the InterCity, Stansted Express and Regional lines of the East Anglia Franchise, operated by Abellio. Long term profile secured through lease arrangements with strong contractual obligations. No volume risk, no financing risk, inflation linkage and yield from day one.

Sector Location Ownership
Transport UK 48%

Rock Rail Moorgate

Aquired February 2016. 25x6 carriage electric Siemens trains, serving Great Northern franchise Moorgate commuter lines, operated by Govia Thameslink Railway. Long term profile secured through lease arrangements with strong contractual obligations. No volume risk, no financing risk, inflation linkage and yield from day one.

Sector Location Ownership
Transport UK 94%

Rock Rail South Western

Aquired June 2017. and 30x5 carriage electric Bombardier trains, serving key London commuter services on the South Western franchise, operated by First MTR. Long term profile secured through lease arrangements with strong contractual obligations. No volume risk, no financing risk, inflation linkage and yield from day one.

Sector Location Ownership
Transport UK 45%

Rock Rail West Coast

Aquired December 2019. 10x7 carriage electric Hitachi trains and13x5 carriage bi-mode Hitachi trains serving the West Coast Partnership Franchise, operated by First Trenitalia. Long term profile secured through lease arrangements with strong contractual obligations. No volume risk, no financing risk, inflation linkage and yield from day one.

Sector Location Ownership
Transport UK 94%
Auris Kaasunjakelu Oy

Auris Kaasunjakelu Oy

In June 2015, we acquired 100% of Auris Kaasunjakelu, the largest natural gas distribution pipeline in Finland, from Gasum Oy, a Finnish state controlled company. The pipeline provides local gas distribution to Helsinki and 11 surrounding areas.

Key attractions:

  • Strong cash generation and yield
  • Core infrastructure asset with regulated return
  • Safe and stable operating and regulatory environment
  • Safe, stable operating environment
  • Recently upgraded asset base and low capex requirement
  • Growth opportunities through acquisition
Sector Subsector Geography Ownership
Utilities Gas distribution Finland 100%
ASI

Noordgastransport

Aquired September 2017 interest in NGT UJV, and May 2018 stake in NGT B.V.. The NGT system consists of a pipeline and processing system that transports and treats natural gas that is produced in the Dutch Continental Shelf, and consists of:

  • A 140km pipeline (“NGT Extension”) constructed in 1999
  • A 178km ‘legacy’ pipeline (“Legacy Pipeline”) constructed in 1975
  • An onshore gas processing plant (“Processing Plant”) at Uithuizen, the Netherlands
Sector Location Ownership
Energy Netherlands 18% / 20%
Oikos

Oikos

Aquired May 2019. Owner and operator of a state-of-the-art liquid bulk storage terminal located on the River Thames Estuary offering c.300,000 m3 tank capacity and unique access to pipeline connections, deep-water jetty and road loading facilities. Oikos currently handles jet fuel and diesel, and is critical to supplying jet fuel to Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports and diesel to the South East and Midlands of the UK.

Sector Location Ownership
Energy UK 100%
Riihimaen

Riihimäen Kaukolämpö Oy

Aquired February 2019. Riihimäen Kaukolämpö Oy is the owner and operator of the district heating network in the in the City of Riihimäki and the surrounding areas. Riihimäki is a rapidly expanding “commuter city” located within 100km of Helsinki and Tampere, two of the most economically vibrant regions in Finland. The length of the network is 98.5km across the Riihimäki area and there are currently 739 clients connected to the network.

Sector Location Ownership
Energy Finland 49%
Unitank

Unitank

Aquired May 2019. UNITANK is a market leading independent infrastructure and services provider storing liquid oil products on behalf of strategic storage agencies and Oil & Gas majors. The company owns and operates five terminals in Germany and one terminal in Belgium, all in key strategic locations.

Sector Location Ownership
Energy Germany / Belgium 50%
LOIMUA

LOIMUA

Aquired Juy 2019. Loimua primarily owns and operates 640MW of heat production capacity and 16 district heating networks across Central and Southern Finland. The networks cover c.500km and c.4,600 supply points.

Loimua produces DH and electricity, and sells and distributes district heating and natural gas in Häme, Central Finland, Northern Ostrobothnia and Heinola.

Sector Location Ownership
Utilities Finland 37.5%
Polish Solar

Polish Solar

Aquisition began Q3 2019. 351 MW of ground-mounted solar photovoltaic farms spread between seven operational (Aurora I, II & III, Helios I & II, Eos, Ra) or being developed projects by local developers. Construction of first farms completed in mid-2018 with balance coming online by Q1 2021. Revenue underpinned by 15-year guaranteed tariff under Poland’s newly introduced contract for difference regime.

Sector Location Ownership
Energy Poland 100%
Airband

Airband

Acquired in November 2020, Airband is a provider of rural connectivity services in the West of England, historically through Fixed Wireless Networks (“FWA”). Since 2018 the business has pivoted towards providing Fibre to the Premises (“FTTP”), driven by UK Government led initiatives including subsidies, to promote significant investment in fibre infrastructure for rural areas and is targeting 675,000 homes passed by 2025.

Sector Location Ownership
Telecomms UK 27%
Outokummun

Outokummun Energia Oy

Aquired December 2020, Outokummun Energia primarily owns and operates a regulated electricity distribution network, a district heating network and a small retail business in the City of Outokumpu, in Eastern Finland. The networks cover a combined length of 1,030km and approximately 5,280 electricity distribution and 4,260 energy customers. Additionally, Outokummun Energia owns and operates 50MW of heat production.

Sector Location Ownership
Utilities Finland 66%
  • Nordic Power

    In June 2015, we acquired 100% of Nordic Power AS, a portfolio of 13 newly commissioned hydropower plants from Nordkraft, a Norwegian utility controlled by the Narvik Municipality. Since acquisition, we have added an additional two plants to the portfolio, taking the total projected annual output to 160 GWh.

    Key attractions:

    • Attractive return and yield profile
    • Core, power generation asset
    • Proven technology, low operating risk and long asset lives
    • Exclusive option over pipeline of new plants
    Sector Subsector Geography Ownership
    Energy Hydro Norway 100%
  • Rock Rail

    Rock Rail East Anglia PLC

    Aquired October 2015. 20x12 carriage electric Stadler trains, 24x4 and 14x3 carriage bi-mode Stadler trains serving the InterCity, Stansted Express and Regional lines of the East Anglia Franchise, operated by Abellio. Long term profile secured through lease arrangements with strong contractual obligations. No volume risk, no financing risk, inflation linkage and yield from day one.

    Sector Location Ownership
    Transport UK 48%

    Rock Rail Moorgate

    Aquired February 2016. 25x6 carriage electric Siemens trains, serving Great Northern franchise Moorgate commuter lines, operated by Govia Thameslink Railway. Long term profile secured through lease arrangements with strong contractual obligations. No volume risk, no financing risk, inflation linkage and yield from day one.

    Sector Location Ownership
    Transport UK 94%

    Rock Rail South Western

    Aquired June 2017. and 30x5 carriage electric Bombardier trains, serving key London commuter services on the South Western franchise, operated by First MTR. Long term profile secured through lease arrangements with strong contractual obligations. No volume risk, no financing risk, inflation linkage and yield from day one.

    Sector Location Ownership
    Transport UK 45%

    Rock Rail West Coast

    Aquired December 2019. 10x7 carriage electric Hitachi trains and13x5 carriage bi-mode Hitachi trains serving the West Coast Partnership Franchise, operated by First Trenitalia. Long term profile secured through lease arrangements with strong contractual obligations. No volume risk, no financing risk, inflation linkage and yield from day one.

    Sector Location Ownership
    Transport UK 94%
  • Auris Kaasunjakelu Oy

    In June 2015, we acquired 100% of Auris Kaasunjakelu, the largest natural gas distribution pipeline in Finland, from Gasum Oy, a Finnish state controlled company. The pipeline provides local gas distribution to Helsinki and 11 surrounding areas.

    Key attractions:

    • Strong cash generation and yield
    • Core infrastructure asset with regulated return
    • Safe and stable operating and regulatory environment
    • Safe, stable operating environment
    • Recently upgraded asset base and low capex requirement
    • Growth opportunities through acquisition
    Sector Subsector Geography Ownership
    Utilities Gas distribution Finland 100%
  • Noordgastransport

    Aquired September 2017 interest in NGT UJV, and May 2018 stake in NGT B.V.. The NGT system consists of a pipeline and processing system that transports and treats natural gas that is produced in the Dutch Continental Shelf, and consists of:

    • A 140km pipeline (“NGT Extension”) constructed in 1999
    • A 178km ‘legacy’ pipeline (“Legacy Pipeline”) constructed in 1975
    • An onshore gas processing plant (“Processing Plant”) at Uithuizen, the Netherlands
    Sector Location Ownership
    Energy Netherlands 18% / 20%
  • Oikos

    Aquired May 2019. Owner and operator of a state-of-the-art liquid bulk storage terminal located on the River Thames Estuary offering c.300,000 m3 tank capacity and unique access to pipeline connections, deep-water jetty and road loading facilities. Oikos currently handles jet fuel and diesel, and is critical to supplying jet fuel to Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports and diesel to the South East and Midlands of the UK.

    Sector Location Ownership
    Energy UK 100%
  • Riihimäen Kaukolämpö Oy

    Aquired February 2019. Riihimäen Kaukolämpö Oy is the owner and operator of the district heating network in the in the City of Riihimäki and the surrounding areas. Riihimäki is a rapidly expanding “commuter city” located within 100km of Helsinki and Tampere, two of the most economically vibrant regions in Finland. The length of the network is 98.5km across the Riihimäki area and there are currently 739 clients connected to the network.

    Sector Location Ownership
    Energy Finland 49%
  • Unitank

    Aquired May 2019. UNITANK is a market leading independent infrastructure and services provider storing liquid oil products on behalf of strategic storage agencies and Oil & Gas majors. The company owns and operates five terminals in Germany and one terminal in Belgium, all in key strategic locations.

    Sector Location Ownership
    Energy Germany / Belgium 50%
  • LOIMUA

    Aquired Juy 2019. Loimua primarily owns and operates 640MW of heat production capacity and 16 district heating networks across Central and Southern Finland. The networks cover c.500km and c.4,600 supply points.

    Loimua produces DH and electricity, and sells and distributes district heating and natural gas in Häme, Central Finland, Northern Ostrobothnia and Heinola.

    Sector Location Ownership
    Utilities Finland 37.5%
  • Polish Solar

    Aquisition began Q3 2019. 351 MW of ground-mounted solar photovoltaic farms spread between seven operational (Aurora I, II & III, Helios I & II, Eos, Ra) or being developed projects by local developers. Construction of first farms completed in mid-2018 with balance coming online by Q1 2021. Revenue underpinned by 15-year guaranteed tariff under Poland’s newly introduced contract for difference regime.

    Sector Location Ownership
    Energy Poland 100%
  • Airband

    Acquired in November 2020, Airband is a provider of rural connectivity services in the West of England, historically through Fixed Wireless Networks (“FWA”). Since 2018 the business has pivoted towards providing Fibre to the Premises (“FTTP”), driven by UK Government led initiatives including subsidies, to promote significant investment in fibre infrastructure for rural areas and is targeting 675,000 homes passed by 2025.

    Sector Location Ownership
    Telecomms UK 27%
  • Outokummun Energia Oy

    Aquired December 2020, Outokummun Energia primarily owns and operates a regulated electricity distribution network, a district heating network and a small retail business in the City of Outokumpu, in Eastern Finland. The networks cover a combined length of 1,030km and approximately 5,280 electricity distribution and 4,260 energy customers. Additionally, Outokummun Energia owns and operates 50MW of heat production.

    Sector Location Ownership
    Utilities Finland 66%
Dominic Helmsley

Dominic Helmsley

Head of Core Infrastructure

Dominic heads up the Core Infrastructure team at Aberdeen Standard Investments. He has over 20 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector combining extensive mergers and acquisitions experience with asset management expertise. Dominic spent 12 years with BAA plc where he headed their international acquisitions group and oversaw the acquisition and management of a number of overseas investments. Dominic then spent eight years in the fund management industry, initially with Babcock and Brown, as part of the European Infrastructure team that raised a €2.2bn infrastructure fund, and then as a Partner with Arcus Infrastructure Partners, which completed an MBO from Babcock and Brown in 2009.

Gershon Cohen

Gershon Cohen

Global Head of Infrastructure Funds

Gershon Cohen is Global Head of Infrastructure Funds, Aberdeen Standard Investments. Gershon’s platform has USD$3bn of institutional capital under management and consists of 7 unlisted funds and associated investment vehicles invested in over 120 greenfield and brownfield infrastructure projects. He is responsible for the management, leadership and development of the concessions infrastructure strategy for Aberdeen Standard Investments and is a fund principal and chair of investment and associated committees of the platform. The platform operates from offices in London, Edinburgh, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, Sydney, Bogota and Bahrain with a team of 32 professional investors and other joint venture partners.

Previously Gershon held the position of CEO SWIP Infrastructure Funds & CEO Lloyds Bank Project Finance Equity and Funds, which involved the origination, investment and management of all infrastructure equity products across the UK, Europe, Australia and Americas. Prior to this, Gershon was Global Head of Lloyds Bank Project Finance. Gershon has played a pivotal role in structuring, arranging and providing innovative funding solutions to a range of ground-breaking PFI/PPP/P3 projects in healthcare, transport, wastewater and education over the last 20 years. Gershon led the fundraising efforts for the current platform. He sits and advises on many trade and governmental committees on infrastructure investment matters; has presented at numerous conferences and seminars; and has written a number of articles on PPP/P3.

  • Dominic Helmsley

    Head of Core Infrastructure

    Dominic heads up the Core Infrastructure team at Aberdeen Standard Investments. He has over 20 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector combining extensive mergers and acquisitions experience with asset management expertise. Dominic spent 12 years with BAA plc where he headed their international acquisitions group and oversaw the acquisition and management of a number of overseas investments. Dominic then spent eight years in the fund management industry, initially with Babcock and Brown, as part of the European Infrastructure team that raised a €2.2bn infrastructure fund, and then as a Partner with Arcus Infrastructure Partners, which completed an MBO from Babcock and Brown in 2009.

  • Gershon Cohen

    Global Head of Infrastructure Funds

    Gershon Cohen is Global Head of Infrastructure Funds, Aberdeen Standard Investments. Gershon’s platform has USD$3bn of institutional capital under management and consists of 7 unlisted funds and associated investment vehicles invested in over 120 greenfield and brownfield infrastructure projects. He is responsible for the management, leadership and development of the concessions infrastructure strategy for Aberdeen Standard Investments and is a fund principal and chair of investment and associated committees of the platform. The platform operates from offices in London, Edinburgh, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, Sydney, Bogota and Bahrain with a team of 32 professional investors and other joint venture partners.

    Previously Gershon held the position of CEO SWIP Infrastructure Funds & CEO Lloyds Bank Project Finance Equity and Funds, which involved the origination, investment and management of all infrastructure equity products across the UK, Europe, Australia and Americas. Prior to this, Gershon was Global Head of Lloyds Bank Project Finance. Gershon has played a pivotal role in structuring, arranging and providing innovative funding solutions to a range of ground-breaking PFI/PPP/P3 projects in healthcare, transport, wastewater and education over the last 20 years. Gershon led the fundraising efforts for the current platform. He sits and advises on many trade and governmental committees on infrastructure investment matters; has presented at numerous conferences and seminars; and has written a number of articles on PPP/P3.

Risk warning
Risk warning - Investment involves risk. The value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up and an investor may get back less than the amount invested. Past performance is not a guide to future results.