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Allianz and Borealis Infrastructure Buy Czech Gas Transmission Operator Net4Gas

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The press release, “Allianz and Borealis Infrastructure have reached an agreement with RWE AG to purchase Net4Gas, s.r.o. (N4G), the gas transmission and transit system operator in the Czech Republic.

Allianz and Borealis Infrastructure, the infrastructure investment arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), will each own a 50 percent stake in N4G.

N4G owns and operates a network of more than 3,600 km of high-pressure pipelines that supply the Czech domestic market and that transit natural gas through the Czech Republic to markets across Europe. N4G is a provider of key infrastructure for the transport of gas in Europe, transporting approximately 35 billion cubic meters of gas each year.

“We are pleased to be investing in Net4Gas with its excellent management team, workforce and high-quality operations. It fits well with Allianz’s infrastructure portfolio and investment strategy as a long-term investor,” said Rainer Husmann, CEO of Allianz Capital Partners, the captive asset manager of Allianz. “Furthermore, this is an important step for us in expanding our portfolio of high-quality infrastructure assets.”

“The Net4Gas investment fits very well with Borealis Infrastructure’s strategy of owning and managing high-quality, large-scale assets that generate sustainable cash flow to pay pensions,” said Michael Rolland, President and CEO of Borealis Infrastructure. “This acquisition expands our European investment portfolio which includes gas distribution and transportation sector investments in Associated British Ports, HS1 and Scotia Gas Networks.”

A key objective of the consortium’s gas infrastructure strategy is the creation of a gas market that is integrated and liquid. Such market integration would contribute to securing energy supplies which should benefit regional economies, their respective consumers and the N4G network users.”

Read more: OMERS Press Release

Oman SGRF Contemplates $1 Billion Infrastructure Fund

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Oman’s State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) is in discussions on forming a US$ 1 billion infrastructure fund. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Norway’s GPFG Banned from Investing in 9 Companies Over Nuclear Weapons

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The recent false alarm caused by a state employee in Hawaii (who was not terminated and reassigned to a new position), triggering the Emergency Alert System message at 8:07 a.m. caused pandemonium in the state. After decades of failure in diplomacy between the United States and North Korea, the threat of a nuclear missile attack has grown since. The states of Alaska and Hawaii are the closest states to North Korea.

Besides the recent news in the world of nuclear missiles, Norges Bank oversees the management of the country’s sovereign wealth fund. The central bank has moved to ban nine companies from the Government Pension Fund Global. In addition, one company has been placed under observation. The Executive Board of Norges Bank’s decisions on exclusion were made on the basis of recommendations from the Council on Ethics. However, before moving to exclude a company, the central bank may consider other options, such as the exercise of ownership rights. In these instances of companies, the board determined that it was appropriate to use other measures in these cases.

The Council on Ethics’ recommendations to exclude:
Risk of severe environmental damage and serious or systematic violations of human rights
Evergreen Marine Corporation (Taiwan) Ltd
Korea Line Corporation
Precious Shipping PCL
Thoresen Thai Agencies PCL

Unacceptable risk of serious or systematic violations of human rights
Atal SA

Over involvement in the production of nuclear weapons
AECOM
BAE Systems
Fluor Corporation
Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc
Honeywell International Inc (already previously excluded)

Placed Under Observation
Pan Ocean Co. Ltd

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Sistema to Pledge Assets to Help Fund Settlement

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is helping a settlement situation between two Russian economic powerhouses. In January 2018, Sistema, under a settlement, is mandated to pay Bashneft oil company, which is owned by energy behemoth Rosneft, 100 billion roubles (US$ 1.8 billion) by March 30, 2018.

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