Iberdrola has increased its ambition in the offshore wind industry, following the conclusion of an agreement to take 100% ownership of Ailes Marines. The company, which previously owned 70% of the consortium’s capital, has acquired the remaining 30% from Avel Vor. With a global 12.4 GW offshore wind project pipeline, Iberdrola currently operates three offshore wind farms: West of Duddon Sands (389 MW), Wikinger (350 MW) and the 714-MW East Anglia ONE (to be fully commissioned in 2020).
Iberdrola will build its next wind farm in Spain, the Herrera Complex, with the most powerful onshore wind turbine, after awarding Siemens Gamesa the contract to supply the first SG 4.5-145 wind turbines, with a 4.5 MW power unit; which is almost seven times more powerful than the first wind turbines installed in Spain more than two decades ago.
Iberdrola is selling its entire stake in German turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa, representing 8.07 % of its share capital. The price for the transaction is €1.1 Bn, which equals to €20 per share, plus a premium of 32%.
Iberdrola will promote via its subsidiary Scottish Power Renewables a marine wind mega-project, called East Anglia Hub, which will add an installed capacity of 3,100 MW and involve an approximate investment of 6,500 million pounds (more than 7,600 million euros). The three projects will be procured together to leverage their scale with a continuous installation programme.
Banca March | The Spanish utility prepares its launching in Australia with a portfolio of renewable projects for 650 MW in the states of Queensland and South Australia, with an estimated market investment of approx. € 500M.
Bankinter | Iberdrola has detailed a little more the destinations for its investments in the 2018-22 Strategic Plan. The principal destination will be the US, where it counts on its subsidiary Avangrid and where it will invest a total of 12 Bn$ (10.7 Bn€) over the next few years. It foresees investing 6.5 Bn€ in Brazil and 4.5 Bn€ in Mexico.
Renta4 | According to media reports, the Spanish electricity company is in preliminary conversations with Neoelectra and SDCL to sell its electricty co-generation business in Spain, where it has 19 plants producing 368 MW.
S&P Global confirmed the long-term credit rating “BBB +”, with a “stable” outlook for Iberdrola, backed by “solid” operating performance in 2018 and in 1Q2019.
The Spanish utility agreed to modify the initial agreement to sell part of the electricity power stations of its subsidiary Scottish Power to Drax Group. This firm sought to renegotiate the contract following an European Court of Justice ruling that declared illegal the payments to some UK stations to guarantee the capacity of electricity generation in the country.
Iberdrola began operations yesterday in the maritime wind farm Wikinger in the waters of the Baltic in Germany, which supposes the first maritime wind power project built by the group on its own, with an investment rising to 1.4 billion euros. With an output of 350MW, this wind farm represents the first phase in a larger wind power complex, of 836 MW and with a joint investment of 2.5 billion euros.