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Key Case Studies will be Presented at SMi’s Benelux Infrastructure Forum 2019 in Amsterdam

By Eric Van Rees - 19th August 2019 - 11:22

SMi Reports: Case study updates from Van Oord, BESIX Group, Rebel and Macquarie to be delivered at the Benelux conference this November.

The 18th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum, taking place on 20th – 21st November in Amsterdam, will feature key professionals in the PPP, project financing and infrastructure sectors who will discuss the latest issues and trends within the Benelux market.

One of the key benefits for this year’s conference will be the case study updates from major projects in the region, including offshore winds, geothermal projects, PPP and infrastructure schemes. Delegates will be able to hear from four in depth case studies chosen to provide updates within the Netherlands.

The event brochure with the full agenda is available to download online at

1. ‘Advancing a Marine Contractor’s Offshore Wind Goals via Finance’ will be delivered by Neal Earlenborn, Director Project Debt & Equity, Van Oord. His presentation will focus on:

  • Applying equity to support development through construction completion
  • Structured vendor finance
  • Financing innovation: Borssele V

2. ‘The Challenges of Coordinating and Operating an Infrastructure Project in the Benelux Region from a Sponsor’s Point of View – Case Study – the DBFM Beatrix Lock’ will be delivered by Johan Bel, PPP Manager Europe, BESIX Group and Jeroen Int Veld, Director, Rebel. Their presentation will focus on:

  • What is the best way to set up your project and design-team organisation?
  • How do you mange all your data and exchange, and how you can optimize your design workflow?
  • Securing the best finance
  • Project risk assessment
  • Challenges during the design and construct phase (building) architecture, civil design, subcontractors, reinforcement supplier

3. ‘Financing of Geothermal Projects; the Development of a New Asset Class’ will be delivered by Rutger te Grotenhuis, Director Finance & Transactions, Rebel. His presentation will focus on:

  • Geothermal projects: characteristics, scoping and developments
  • Understanding the specific risk profile of Geothermal projects
  • Consequences for structuring off-balance financing
  • Case study Trias Westland: how to handle uncertainties in an off-balance setting?
  • How realistic is the predicted multi billion pipeline for coming decades?

4. ‘Pro’s and Cons of Public Infrastructure Financing Models with a Case Study on Maintenance PPP’s/Bridge Maintenance’ will be delivered by Jeroen Zanders, Senior Vice President, Macquarie. His presentation will focus on:

  • Different Infrastructure financing models
  • Pros and Cons
  • New pipeline opportunities
  • Case study on maintenance/bridge renewal financing

An early bird saving of £100 is available for conference bookings placed before 30th September. Registrations can be made online at

For sponsorship and exhibition enquiries, contact Andrew Gibbons on +44 (0) 207 827 6156 or [email protected]

For media enquiries, please contact Simi Sapal on +44 (0) 207 827 6162 or [email protected]

Benelux Infrastructure Forum

20th – 21st November 2019

Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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