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Japanese Investors Partner With I Squared Capital on US$370 Million Strategic Investment in Natural Gas Infrastructure to Accele

SINGAPORE , April 15 /Businesswire/ - I Squared Capital, a leading independent global infrastructure investor, today announced that a consortium of Japanese investors will become strategic minority shareholders in the Natural Gas Transition Platform (the Platform), a Singapore-based holding company with investments in Indian city gas distribution networks that develop and operate Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations for vehicles, pipe natural gas to homes, and distribute Piped Natural Gas (PNG) as well as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to industrial and commercial customers.

The Japanese investor consortium is made up of Osaka Gas, the second-largest city gas distributor in Japan, Sumitomo Corporation, one of Japan’s largest trading houses, and the Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation (JOIN), a government-sponsored entity that promotes Japanese investment abroad. The transaction will diversify the Platform’s shareholder base and bring in additional long-term capital from the consortium members.

Commenting on the transaction, Harsh Agrawal, Senior Partner, APAC, I Squared, said: “India aims to boost the share of natural gas from nearly 7% currently to 15% of the primary energy mix by 2030. I Squared Capital, through the Natural Gas Transition Platform, is committed to supporting a just and equitable transition of the country’s energy sector. Our new partners, Osaka Gas, Sumitomo Corporation and JOIN share this ambition and together we will be working to facilitate the shift from more carbon-intensive fossil fuels to natural gas in India.”

He continued: “We are very pleased to attract these long-term and experienced partners to our growing energy Platform. The additional capital provided will be used to support the energy transition in India through the expansion of last-mile city gas distribution infrastructure. We regard natural gas as a transitional energy source that will play an important role in global decarbonization, substituting for more polluting fuels such as diesel and coal, while at the same time supporting India’s urbanization and industrialization with stable and affordable energy.”

The Platform has active investments in last-mile city gas distribution businesses, including THINK Gas and AG&P Pratham. Together, these companies are developing city gas infrastructure across 19 geographical areas covering 325,000 square kilometres and serving over 85 million people. Through the use of new infrastructure developed over the last four years, including over 9,000 kilometres of low-pressure gas pipelines, 30 LCNG (Liquefied Compressed Natural Gas) and compressed gas stations and over 430 CNG stations, the Platform will serve millions of vehicles per day and thousands of commercial and industrial users by 2030.

In addition to gas distribution, the Platform will increase investments to boost the consumption of renewable natural gas (biogas) in India. The Platform is already one of the largest procurers of biogas in India and aims to procure about 5 million tonnes over the next 25 years. This will support the Indian government’s vision to increase the consumption of biogas, generate employment at the local level, and reduce pollution from crop burning. Further, the Platform will also look to increase the use of green hydrogen using the city gas network.

In March 2023, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan and Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of lndia prioritized the co-operation between India and Japan under “India Japan Clean Energy Partnership”. The investments made by the Japanese consortium will not only be a key step towards fulfilling the vision laid out in this partnership but will also enhance the cooperation between Indian and Japanese companies, further deepening the bilateral relations.

In the future, the Platform will continue to introduce global best practices, industry-leading technology and best-in-class social and governance practices across the natural gas value chain in India.

About I Squared Capital

I Squared Capital is a leading independent global infrastructure investor with over US$38 billion in assets under management. We are known for the development of investment platforms in infrastructure projects where we start small and grow big. We use global insights and deep local intelligence to solve complex problems, foster smarter businesses, serve local communities, and invest in a more sustainable future to provide essential services to millions of people around the world. We operate a diverse portfolio of 82 companies with over 66,000 employees in a variety of sectors including utilities, energy, digital infrastructure, transport, environmental infrastructure, and social infrastructure. We have invested in 71 countries across North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Headquartered in Miami, we are a team of over 260 people in London, Munich, New Delhi, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney and Taipei. You can find out more by visiting: www.isquaredcapital.com.

About Osaka Gas

Established in 1897, Osaka Gas has over 100 years of experience in the energy sector and has grown into a diversified energy company, well-positioned across the entire natural gas value chain. Osaka Gas is a major natural gas and energy service provider, serving 5 million customers in central Japan. The Company accounts for approximately 25% of the entire natural gas market in Japan.

About Sumitomo Corporation

Established in 1919, Sumitomo is a global trading and investment company involved in the exchange of a wide range of goods, services and technologies across different countries and cultures. Sumitomo has global natural gas and LNG businesses such as gas trading in Europe and North America, which has approximately 3.8 billion cubic feet on an annual basis, as well as global spot and long-term LNG trading. Sumitomo will contribute through this project to India’s low-carbonization and decarbonization and to stable gas supply, based on the premise of achieving the Group's goals of reducing CO2 emissions by 50% or more (from 2019 levels) by 2035 and making its business activities carbon neutral by 2050.

About JOIN

JOIN is a Japanese government-private sponsored infrastructure investment fund company established in Japan in October 2014. JOIN’s role is to provide not only equity but also hands-on support to the projects participated by Japanese companies. Its aim is to encourage Japanese companies to utilize their accumulated knowledge, technology, and experience in the field of infrastructure to expand overseas. The promotion of infrastructure system in the overseas markets is one of the key policies of the Japanese Government, and JOIN will continue to contribute towards this by playing a constructive role with its partners.

This document does not constitute advice or a recommendation or offer to sell or a solicitation to deal in any security or financial product. It is provided for information purposes only. Investing involves risk, loss of principal is possible.

Specific investments described herein do not represent all investment decisions made by ISQ. The reader should not assume that investment decisions identified and discussed were or will be profitable. Specific investment advice references provided herein are for illustrative purposes only and are not necessarily representative of investments that will be made in the future.


STORY TAGS: Singapore, India, Asia Pacific, Environment, Finance, Banking, Utilities, Oil/Gas, Professional Services, Sustainability, Green Technology, Energy, Asset Management, Contract/Agreement,

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