Nord LB, SMBC, and NN Investment Partners B.V. to Discuss Optimal Profitability from Alternative Energy Sources

SMi reports: Simmons and Simmons, ABN Amro Bank N.V, and Alexa Capital to Discuss Bankability and Profitability of Energy Storage Projects at Benelux Infrastructure Forum on 22dn November.

London, United Kingdom, July 03, 2017 --( Outdated modes of energy sourcing and dependence on external supplies drive a need to strengthen European energy security. New forms of energy and updated infrastructure through renewable energy would serve to remedy this reliance on energy suppliers and strengthen Europe’s commitment to the Paris Agreement.

With consideration of these recent events, this year’s Benelux Infrastructure Forum will include the most recent developments for "alternative" markets in Europe through exclusive updates on non-Public-Private Partnership projects; prospective investment opportunities in emerging industries and technology and overcoming regulating disincentives will be presented by industry experts at this year's conference.

Nord LB, Head of Infrastructure, Mathias Pahlke will provide an outline of viable developments in the infrastructure sector and prospective investment opportunities through upcoming asset classes such as: energy storage; data centres and fibre networks. He will give practical advice on mitigating niche-market risks by acknowledging risk profiles and allocation. Comparison of these markets and considering if these are alternative investments will be made. Finally, he will address considerations for the outlook of infrastructure projects outside of PPP by highlighting the challenges of improving awareness and information for alternative market entry.

SMBC, Head of Project Finance Benelux, Jeroen Kies will explain the considerations for alternative markets. He will explore the alternative markets outside of the Benelux region and analyse their suitability for the Benelux market. He will further explore major trends and how alternative markets are expected to develop.

NN Investment Partners B.V, Head of Project Finance, Alistair Perkins will review both the positive and negative effects that regulations can have on long-term investment. The need for regulatory standardisation in the Benelux market will be deliberated and advice on how rules can be tailored for investors will be offered. There will also be a discussion on Solvency II.

Headlining the day is a panel discussion about bankability and profitability of energy storage projects and a financial model for the future featuring speakers Andrew Petry, Partner, Simmons and Simmons, Lisa McDermott, Executive Director for Structure Debt, ABN Amro Bank N.V, and Gerard Reid, Founder, Alexa Capital. The panel discussion will examine the recent increase in deployment of grid-connected batteries that should reduce fossil-fuel reliance. See why Energy Storage Systems (ESS) are the missing link from wind and solar energy infrastructure and confer the challenges of innovating ahead of regulator expectations. Discuss the advantages of subsidies and the future battle to maintain these. Explore consequences of meeting increasing energy demands and the decarbonisation of economies. Review the lessons from current and past ESS and the bankability and profitability of these as examples of financial models for the future.

The conference further covers different project financing models within the Benelux region for infrastructure projects, the most current of which is Private Public Partnership (PPP). Alternatives such as project bonds, pension funds, government funding, and project financing will be discussed, as well as growing on and offshore markets investors are attracted to. Developments within the infrastructure market of the Benelux region in 2017 will be reviewed to find out what challenges were faced, how these were overcome and the outlook of the infrastructure market. The format of the conference will be an eclectic mix of presentations and round table discussions which allow plenty of debate and interaction amongst delegates and detailed analysis of the latest case studies.

In addition, the conference also features an exclusive pre-conference workshop on “Financing Offshore Wind in the New Competitive Auction Environment” hosted by, Amsterdam Capital Partners taking place on the 21st November 2017.

The conference has established itself as the industry-leading event for the Benelux region and will provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn and network amongst senior executives in this thriving industry. The Benelux Infrastructure Forum is the only place to meet the major players within this industry from banks, constructors and institutional investors to the lawyers and the regulators.

For those who are looking to attend, there is a £100 early bird offer available online ending on the 29th September 2017.

Further information is available at online at:

16th Benelux Infrastructure forum
22nd-23rd November 2017
Movenpick Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Booking: Contact Andrew Gibbons on

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