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Adcop ... raising finance to expand

Adcop ... raising finance to expand

Adcop successfully issues $3bn non-sovereign bond

Adcop owns a 406-km pipeline that carries Adnoc Onshore’s crude oil from a collection centre in Abu Dhabi to the Fujairah oil export terminal, which provides access to international shipping routes

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has announced the successful issuance and closing of a $3 billion bond, one of the largest non-sovereign bond offerings in the history of the Middle East. The bond, issued by Adcop, an entity 100 per cent owned by the Adnoc Group, highlights the more proactive and flexible management of Adnoc’s portfolio of assets and capital structure.

Adcop owns an approximately 406 km pipeline that carries Adnoc Onshore’s crude oil from a collection center in Abu Dhabi to the Fujairah oil export terminal, which provides access to international shipping routes. Adnoc Onshore is the leading onshore producer within the Adnoc Group.

The pipeline is a key asset for the UAE’s oil industry and, coupled with the strategic location of Fujairah, allows for a significant proportion of the UAE’s total crude oil production to be transported from Abu Dhabi directly to the Arabian Sea.

Commenting on the transaction, Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Adnoc Group CEO, says: 'The very attractive pricing and substantial international demand for this offering positively reflects the UAE’s stable investment environment, as well as Adnoc’s new and progressive approach to its long-term financing strategy.

'This transaction is a clear and tangible example of the new steps we are taking at Adnoc to proactively manage our portfolio of assets and, in particular, unlock value from our sizeable infrastructure base, as we seek to drive and maximize value across our business. This bond represents an important, initial milestone in our efforts to fully optimize our capital structure in a smarter, more efficient and flexible manner. Importantly, this transaction enables Adnoc, for the first time, to access the international debt capital markets - thus opening an increased range of highly compelling and viable options for the long-term strategic financing of the Adnoc Group. In addition, it demonstrates the expansion of our partnership model and represents an opportunity for institutional and infrastructure investors to partner and invest alongside Adnoc in selected projects.'

The pipeline has been operating since 2012 and in 2016, it had an average throughput of approximately 615 thousand barrels per day. The pipeline is designed to transport 1.5 million barrels per day of crude oil, with the ability to increase its capacity to 1.8 million barrels per day through the use of drag-reducing agents. The pipeline’s throughput is supported by the stable onshore crude oil production base of Adnoc Onshore, which has an oil concession with more than 37 years remaining to produce oil from 11 onshore oil fields in Abu Dhabi: Bu Hasa, Asab, Sahil, Shah, Bab, Al Dabb’iya, Rumaitha, Shanayel, Huwaila, Qusahwira, Bida Al-Qemzan.

Adnoc is expanding its strategic partnership model and creating new investment opportunities across all areas of its value chain, as well as proactively managing its portfolio of assets and capital. This bond, issued at the Adnoc asset level, is part of this broader approach to unlock value and capital from within Adnoc’s sizeable and diverse pool of infrastructure assets. Adnoc is also looking to create a broader energy infrastructure venture.

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