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Masdar among others seeking Iberdrola’s German wind farm stake: Source

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Abu Dhabi’s Masdar and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) are weighing binding offers for a 40 percent stake in Iberdrola’s German offshore wind farm in a deal that would value it at 1.4 billion euros, a source close to the matter told Reuters.

Infrastructure funds InfraRed and EIP are also close to making offers on the project known as Wikinger, the source said.

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Europe’s largest utility is holding calls with prospective buyers for the minority stake of the wind farm, two sources said, and it will select a winner in the coming weeks.

InfraRed and EIP declined to comment while CPPIB could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters outside regular
business hours.

"Masdar continues to drive substantial growth across its global clean energy portfolio, which includes world-leading wind projects in Europe... we remain committed to growing our presence across the world to help support the energy transition," Masdar said in an emailed statement, declining to
comment on the deal.

Iberdrola is selling stakes in its wind developments to investment funds to help finance its 150 billion euro 2020-2030 investment plan, mostly devoted to renewables and power grids.

An Iberdrola spokesman said: "We do not know (the offers) but it could be part of our asset rotation, so if they make a good offer we will look at it."

It sold 40 percent of a British development to Macquarie’s Green Investment Group in 2019.

Bank of America and Santander are managing the Wikinger sale which they expect to close this year.

Iberdrola expects to end the year with 46 billion euros in debt, higher than its 44 billion euro projected revenue. This calculation does not include any asset disposals, Chief Financial Officer Jose Sainz said last week.

Wikinger is part of the so-called Baltic Hub located off the island of Rügen. It started to produce energy in 2018. When the three wind farms at the site are finished in 2026, they will have more than 1,100 megawatts of installed capacity.

One gigawatt is roughly equal to two coal-fired power plants. Iberdrola says Wikinger provides the equivalent of one year’s electricity for approximately 350,000 homes.

The Baltic Hub is expected to cost a total 3.5 billion euros.

Harnessing powerful wind speeds offshore is key to many governments’ plans to wean themselves off fossil fuels and reduce dependence on energy imports, a quest which has gained urgency in Europe since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Iberdrola has 1,258 MW of offshore capacity in operation and 5,500 MW under construction, and it calculates it will have invested around 30 billion euros in turbines planted off windy coastlines by 2030.

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