Acquisitions in Panama and Croatia plus other expansion projects herald further growth at VTTI
VTTI B.V. (“VTTI”), the global independent provider of energy storage, today announces an acquisition of a 230,000 m³ facility in Panama, resulting in a joint venture between VTTI and Global SLI. This deal sees VTTI take a 75% interest in PetroAmerica Terminal, S.A. (“PATSA”), a terminal strategically located on the Pacific side of the country, close to the Panama canal, with a wide range of refined products storage.
VTTI’s expertise and knowledge of the industry as well as its international network will further strengthen the central role PATSA plays in supplying domestic and international markets and enhance its multiple potential growth opportunities. PATSA is a highly regarded regional terminal company with an excellent operating track record.
In addition to this acquisition, VTTI today closes the recently announced transaction with Energia Naturalis Holding (ENNA), comprising 70% of the newly built Adriatic Tank Terminal (ATT) in the Port of Ploce, Croatia. In 2016, ATT completed the construction of 50,000 m³ of clean petroleum product storage. A second stage of development is now expected to commence to deliver a further 200,000 m³ of liquid product capacity, as well as up to 60,000 m³ of LPG capacity.
Rob Nijst, CEO of VTTI commented: “With these two transactions we have hit the ground running in 2017, and we now have an exciting roadmap of growth opportunities ahead of us. These opportunities take us into new geographies, extend our portfolio commercially, and further realise our aim to be a top 3 company in the global terminalling industry, as always in combination with our focus on safe operations.”
The company is also currently investing in projects at its existing terminals ETT and ATPC, in Rotterdam and Antwerp respectively, as well as negotiating a new project in South Asia:
- Rotterdam: At the heart of Europe’s largest port, VTTI will expand its ETT terminal, adding further capacity of 174,000 m³ to provide flexible product storage.
- Antwerp: VTTI’s increasing capability in LPG will be further strengthened by a new refrigerated pressure vessel project at its ATPC terminal, which includes two new spheres of 15,000 m³.
- South Asia: VTTI recently signed a share purchase agreement for a new greenfield terminal project in South Asia. Negotiations are ongoing and the closing of the deal is anticipated to occur at the beginning of March.