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Reported by Iberdrola Renovables on 12 August 2019

Iberdrola sells 40% of East Anglia One to GIG, the entire wind farm is valued at £4.1 billion

  • The company is reaffirming its ambition to lead the offshore wind farm market with a pipeline set to deliver over 10,000 MW in the coming years
  • When the wind farm is operational in 2020, the transaction will see Iberdrola receive £1,63 billion, which will be used to fund the organic growth plans referred to in the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan      

(Courtesy of Iberdrola, S.A.)

Iberdrola has entered into an agreement with Green Investment Group (GIG), part of the Macquarie group, to sell a 40% share in East Anglia One (EAO), the offshore wind project that the company is building in the British North Sea. This will bring a new shareholder into the project, of which Iberdrola will maintain a 60% majority shareholding.

According to transaction terms and conditions the entire value of EAO amounts to £4.1 billion and when the wind farm is operational in 2020, Iberdrola will receive £1.63 billion (about €1.75 billion [1]) for the 40% stake. These funds will be allocated to the Group's organic growth plans referred to in the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.

The completion of the transaction is subject to the standard authorisation from the Crown Estate.

EAO is the largest renewable project ever undertaken by a Spanish company. Once commissioned in 2020, it will be one of the world's largest wind farms, with an installed capacity of 714 MW, supplying 600,000 British homes with clean energy.

Over the next few years offshore wind will be an investment focus for Iberdrola, developing a project portfolio of over 10,000 MW. This growth focuses on three main areas: the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the United States.

Clean power generated by offshore wind farms is a cornerstone of the company's strategy, which expects to allocate 39% of the €34 billion earmarked for the 2018-2022 period to renewable energy: €13.26 billion. 

The group is currently operating two offshore wind farms: West of Duddon Sands, which went into service in the North Sea in 2014, and Wikinger, in the German waters of the Baltic Sea, which has been operational since December 2017.

Iberdrola is in the process of building the biggest offshore wind farm in the United States: Vineyard Wind. Just off the coast of Massachusetts, it will produce 800 MW of power to cover the energy needs of a million homes.

In Germany, in April, the company was awarded contracts to build two new plants in the Baltic Sea, which will produce a total of 486 MW: Baltic Eagle and Wikinger Süd.

In addition to these new plants, the Sant Brieuc wind farm, which is located in French waters, is scheduled to be commissioned in 2022. It will have 496 MW of installed power and will be located just off the coast of French Brittany, 20 kilometres offshore.

Once these projects are operating in late 2022, the company will have installed 2,000 MW of offshore wind power, after which it will add a further 1,000 MW.

Iberdrola is committed to growing its renewable energy business. Globally countries have ambitious objectives for new wind generation facilities. The UK is seeking to develop 30,000 MW of offshore wind, and the United States is developing 25,000 MW.

[1] Exchange rate: 1 sterling pound= EUR 1.07735

Iberdrola is a global energy leader, the number-one producer of wind power, and one of the world's biggest electricity utilities by market capitalisation. The company supplies almost 100 million people in dozens of countries including Spain, the United Kingdom (ScottishPower), the United States (AVANGRID), Brazil (Neoenergia), Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Italy and France. With a workforce of 34,000 and assets in excess of €113bn, it achieved a turnover of €35bn and a net profit of €3bn in 2018. 

Iberdrola is leading the transition towards a sustainable energy model through investments in renewable energy, smart grids, large-scale energy storage and digital transformation, offering the most advanced products and services to its customers. With its commitment to clean energy, it is one of the companies with the lowest emissions and sets an international example with its contribution to the fight against climate change and for sustainability.

Green Investment Group Limited (GIG) is a specialist in green infrastructure investments, infrastructure development, project portfolio management and related services. GIG's track record, experience and capacity make it a global leader in renewable energies, dedicated to speeding up the transition to a greener global economy.

The business was launched initially by the UK government in 2012 as the world's first green bank. The organisation was acquired by Macquarie Group Limited in 2017, creating one of Europe's largest teams of dedicated green infrastructure investors.

Macquarie Group Limited (Macquarie) is a diversified financial group that offers its customers asset management and financial solutions, banking, advisory and risk services through debt, equity and raw materials. Founded in 1969, Macquarie employs 14,469 people in 25 countries. On 31 March 2018, the group was managing assets worth £309.9 billion.

References

[1]

Iberdrola, S.A. Press release - Iberdrola sells 40% of East Anglia One to GIG, the entire wind farm is valued at £4.1 billion. URL: https://www.iberdrola.com/press-room/news/detail/iberdrola-sells-east-anglia-gig.... [Date Accessed: 12/08/2019].

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29 Oct | Iberdrola inaugurates Wikinger offshore wind farm, consolidating Germany as its strategic market

  • With a capacity of 350 megawatts, it has required investment of 1.4 billion euros and has generated more than 2,000 manufacturing and construction jobs in Europe
  • The future Baltic Eagle and Wikinger Süd wind farms will join Wikinger to form the largest offshore wind complex in the Baltic Sea, with an installed capacity of 836 megawatts and total investment of €2.5 billion
  • The Chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, expressed his pride at the commissioning of this facility, a benchmark for the company: “We will continue to champion offshore wind technology since it enables us to drive the energy transition to a sustainable, low carbon economy.”

Project Development & Execution

14 Sep | Iberdrola has started work on the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm in Germany

  • The geotechnical phase of this new offshore wind farm has begun, it is being led by the multinational Fugro
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Installation, Transport & Logistics

04 Aug | Iberdrola starts the transfer of the Andalusia II substation from Cádiz to the East Anglia One offshore wind farm in the United Kingdom

  • The biggest alternating current (AC) offshore substation ever built will cover 1,333 nautical miles (2,468 km) in around one week travelling to the wind farm that Iberdrola is constructing in British waters
  • Navantia and some 30 supporting companies in the Bay of Cádiz have been involved in its construction, which provided work for up to 600 people at peak times

Project Development & Execution

03 Jul | Iberdrola takes delivery from Navantia of the Andalusia II substation for the East Anglia One offshore wind farm, U.K.

  • The biggest alternating current (AC) offshore substation ever built will set sail in the next few weeks for the wind farm that Iberdrola is constructing in British waters
  • Navantia and some 30 supporting companies in the Bay of Cadiz have been involved in its construction, which provided work for up to 600 people at peak times
  • The handover ceremony was attended by the chairmen of Navantia and Iberdrola as well as the president of the autonomous region of Andalusia, in her capacity as patroness of the substation
  • Navantia chairman García Vilasánchez thanked Iberdrola for giving his company the chance to demonstrate its ability to develop cutting-edge programmes in a key line of business for the company's diversification, while Iberdrola chairman Galán highlighted the important role that efficient renewable technologies can play in the necessary process of decarbonisation and electrification of the economy