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    Singapore, Netherlands, Belgium, Malta

    Transport & logistics


    Oystercatcher is the holding company through which the Company holds 45% interests in five subsidiaries of Oiltanking, located in Belgium, Malta, the Netherlands and Singapore.

    These businesses provide over five million cubic metres of oil, petroleum and other oil-related storage facilities and associated services to a broad range of clients, including private and state oil companies, refiners, petrochemical companies and traders.

    Oiltanking is one of the world’s leading independent storage partners for oils, chemicals and gases, operating 73 terminals in 22 countries with a total storage capacity of 19 million cubic metres.

    Follow-on investments

    On 2 May 2017, Oiltanking Ghent acquired 100% of Belgotank NV, a company which owns 82,000 cubic metres of tank capacity located on the Oiltanking Ghent site. These provide a mix of small tanks which are complementary to the business’s existing tank portfolio. On 25 September 2017, Oystercatcher made a follow-on equity investment of €2.4 million  into Oiltanking Ghent to part fund that acquisition. 

    Developments in the year

    Oystercatcher, in line with the broader oil storage sector, has benefitted from a contango market structure for oil-derived products during the year and overall performed ahead of our expectations. Storage rates have improved and many existing customers have been keen to renew storage contracts early. At the same time, customer activity levels have reduced due to lower end-user demand, caused by the Covid-related lockdown measures around the world, and this has negatively impacted throughput and ancillary services revenues.

    In Singapore, our terminal continued to perform well as one of the leading gasoline blending terminals in Singapore and the wider region. The outlook for oil demand in the Asia Pacific region remains more positive than Europe’s, particularly driven by rising car ownership in Asia.

    Investment rationale

    The investment in the Amsterdam, Malta and Singapore terminals was completed in August 2007, while the investment in the Ghent (Belgium) and Terneuzen (Netherlands) terminals was completed in June 2015.

    The key elements of the investment case for the terminals are:

    • There is strong projected demand for oil and oil-related products;
    • Storage capacity remains scarce and is a key component of the oil and oil product supply chain, resulting in high occupancy;
    • The businesses provide essential services and the terminals benefit from facilities and operational capabilities that make them attractive to existing and potential clients;
    • The Singapore and Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region terminals are defensively located in key trading hubs and continue to benefit from high utilisation levels;
    • Contracts are let on a use-or-pay basis with fixed terms of up to 10 years, often with tariffs linked to local inflation rates, resulting in reliable cash flows; and

    The transactions allowed 3i Infrastructure to partner with a leading player in the oil storage market, with a strong operational reputation.


    Oiltanking GmbH, our coshareholder and operating partner for the Oystercatcher terminals, has long placed significant focus on sustainability. As well as continuing to ensure high standards of environmental management, our businesses are increasingly looking to leverage business opportunities related to sustainability, for example by supporting customers to grow their renewable fuels businesses by adapting storage infrastructure and providing blending capabilities.

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