A New Investor to Enter the «Western High-Speed Diameter» Project: VTB and Qatar Investment Authority Sign a Sale and Purchase Agreement


On 2 June 2021 VTB Infrastructure Holding LLC and Qatar Investment Authority (“QIA”), through its indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary F4 Holding LLC, executed a Sale and Purchase Agreement along with another shareholder regarding а 24.99% interest in NCH Holding LLC, the holding company for the Western High-Speed Diameter (“WHSD”) concessionaire.

The WHSD is a 46.6 km intra-city toll highway developed and operated under a public-private partnership agreement with the City of St. Petersburg.

The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2021 after having obtained regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary conditions.

“The Western High-speed Diameter is a key example of efficient interaction between the State and the business in the PPP format, enabling the soonest and most efficient implementation of large-scale infrastructural projects that immediately improve living standards of hundreds of thousands of the City’s residents. We welcome the decision by the QIA to enter the project and regard the attention by the renowned financial institution as recognition of the quality of our work and evidence of good development prospects of the project”, says Oleg Pankratov, CEO of VTB Infrastructure Holding.

About Western High-Speed Diameter

The WHSD is an intra-city toll highway that was built in restrained urban condition and is, for that reason, unique. The highway provides a solution of key transport problems of Saint Petersburg and shapes the city’s development as a world-level transport hub.

The length of the WHSD in the main direction is 46.6 km. The WHSD has 15 interchanges. The number of its traffic lanes is between 4 and 8.

The number of transactions registered on the WHSD during a 24-hour period reaches 390 thousand.

The project is being implemented by Northern Capital Highway LLC (“NCH”), which is a portfolio company of VTB Infrastructure Holding. NCH is owned by NCH Holding LLC. The public-private partnership agreement executed in 2012 between NCH, the City of Saint Petersburg and Western High-speed Diameter JSC provides for financing and construction of the Central Sector of the highway and operation of the entire highway for 30 years.

The project received awards from major global and Russian economic media, such as “Project Finance International”, “Project Finance Magazine”, “World Finance”, “Infrastructure Investor”, “Rynok tsennykh bumag”. As the best infrastructural project the WHSD was granted the “Traffic Formula” award by the Russian Ministry of Transport, the “Development Award”, and other awards.

About VTB Infrastructure Holding

VTB Infrastructure Holding is the market leader in Russian infrastructure investments, focusing on strategic and commercially successful projects, based on private-public partnerships and concession agreements, and is the largest investor in Russian infrastructure. In total, since 2007 more than $18 bn has been invested in the country’s infrastructure, including nearly $6.5 bn of loans and equity capital from the VTB Group. For more information, visit www.vtbinfra.com

About Qatar Investment Authority

Qatar Investment Authority (“QIA”) is the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar. QIA was founded in 2005 to invest and manage the state reserve funds. QIA is among the largest and most active sovereign wealth funds globally. QIA invests across a wide range of asset classes and regions as well as in partnership with leading institutions around the world to build a global and diversified investment portfolio with a long-term perspective that can deliver sustainable returns and contribute to the prosperity of the State of Qatar. For more information, visit www.qia.qa