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Herbert Smith Freehills has advised a consortium comprising GIC Infrastructure and the Global Energy & Power Infrastructure funds advised by BlackRock in relation to their acquisition from funds advised by Antin Infrastructure Partners of Kellas Midstream.

Kellas Midstream owns and operates key gas infrastructure in the UK Central and Southern North Sea. Kellas Midstream comprises: (1) the Central Area Transmission System (‘CATS’): a major gas transportation and processing system which takes gas from the Central North Sea to the CATS reception and processing terminal at Teesside in the North East of England; (2) the Esmond Transportation System (“ETS”): a key subsea pipeline in the Southern North Sea connecting four producing fields to the Bacton gas terminal on the North Sea coast; and (3) the Humber Gathering System (“HGS”): a first-of-its-kind greenfield project to build the infrastructure required for the development of the large Tolmount gas field in the Southern North Sea.

The Herbert Smith Freehills team was led by partners Gavin Williams (M&A), John Taylor (Private Equity) and Steven Dalton (Energy) and senior associate Joseph Dennis (Private Equity), and included Matthew Player, Warren Wellington, Yasmin Yavari and William Beynon (Corporate), Marcus Lyon, Josh Attard, Eliza Eaton, Mark Hatfull and Jane Ballard (Energy), Nicholas Downing and Samantha Scott (Construction), Rachel Lidgate and Tamsin Baird (Disputes) and Julie Vaughan (Environmental).

Gavin Williams commented:

"We were delighted to work with GIC and BlackRock on this landmark acquisition which leveraged our core private markets strengths across infra M&A, PE and Energy. We are thrilled for the consortium and wish them well for their investment together."

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