Haddington Buys Continental Gas Storage Deutschland

Private equity investor Haddington Ventures, through its fund Haddington Energy Partners IV LP, will buy the subsidiary Continental Gas Storage Deutschland GmbH from parent company Continental Gas Storage BV. Financial terms of the deal were not released. Haddington Ventures is based in Houston.

Haddington Ventures, L.L.C. announced today that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Continental Gas Storage BV (CGS) to purchase that Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Continental Gas Storage Deutschland GmbH (CGSD), through Haddington Energy Partners IV LP, a private equity fund managed by Haddington.

The proposed transaction is subject to further due diligence by Haddington and is expected to close by mid-year 2011. Once closed, the transaction will enable the continued development and construction of CGS’s Epe Underground Natural Gas Storage project, located in Germany.

Haddington is a leading private equity firm, active in the midstream energy business sector. The Fund generally makes control-oriented investments in companies focused on gathering, separation, processing, treating, compression, storage, and transmission of oil and natural gas. Haddington is a truly unique organization as a midstream energy fund manager with principals and investment professionals possessing substantial direct operating experience. As such, the Fund is capable of investing in both operating enterprises with growth potential and green-field development opportunities. This capability allows Haddington to capitalize on current market conditions in the midstream energy sector globally.

Continental Gas Storage (www.continentalgasstorage.com) was established to provide non-integrated flexible gas storage and services to customers such as gas producers, power producers, natural gas distribution companies and large end users of natural gas. CGS aims to convert nine salt caverns into an underground natural gas storage facility in four phases to provide its customers with effective third-party access to flexible storage services. The salt caverns are ideally located in Northwest Europe in Germany. The Company plans to develop the project in multiple phases and all nine caverns are expected to be on-line by 2019.

CGS expects to reach maximum capacity of approximately 644 million cubic meters (mcm), or 25 billion cubic feet (Bcf), of working storage capacity by 2020 with all nine caverns in commercial operation. The initial investment is estimated to be approximately euro 310,000,000 (US$410,000,000), including acquisitions, financing and construction costs, for a total working gas volume of approximately 261 mcm (10.1 Bcf). The final plant expansions are expected to be completed by 2018 with additional investment of approximately euro 200,000,000 (US$270,000,000) for 383 mcm (14.9 Bcf) of additional working gas capacity.

Haddington Managing Director, J. Chris Jones stated: “We are very pleased with our engagement with Continental Gas Storage. It is our strong desire to participate in the European midstream energy markets, and we are very happy to be a potential partner with users of and suppliers to the natural gas storage market participants in Europe. In addition, we feel privileged to be associated with high-quality companies as counterparts. Haddington and its principals have developed, or are developing, in excess of 131 Bcf of high-deliverability gas storage projects at five different locations throughout the United States since 1989. We look forward to combining our historical expertise with the outstanding talent at CGS and to building the first independently owned and operated gas storage project in the European Union.”

“With our continued collaboration with Haddington, our Epe Project has gained further momentum towards realization,” said Bertan Atalay, Managing Director & CEO. “It is our strong intent to work very closely with our advisors, contractors and counterparts to move the Epe Project forward to construction in the near term.”

About Haddington Ventures, L.L.C.
Haddington Ventures, L.L.C., through its private equity funds, generally makes control-oriented investments in companies focused on gathering, separation, processing, treating, compression, storage, and transmission of energy. Haddington is unique in that it is the only midstream energy fund in which all principals have substantial direct operating company experience, both in energy-related acquisitions and in energy infrastructure development. For more information, visit www.hvllc.com.

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