Denmark-based offshore wind developer Ørsted has signed an agreement with funds managed by Schroders Greencoat, a global specialist asset manager focusing on renewable energy infrastructure assets, to divest its remaining 25% minority interest in the London Array Offshore Wind Farm in the UK.
The total value of the transaction is GBP 717 million (currently around $921,6 million).
London Array has a total installed capacity of 630 MW and entered commercial operation in 2013. Ørsted originally owned 50% of the project and divested an initial 25% of London Array to CDPQ in 2014.
Ørsted does not have O&M responsibility at London Array, and as the company only holds a minority interest. Ørsted considers the asset non-strategic.
"Ørsted remains the largest player in UK offshore wind, where the company operates more than 5 GW of capacity and has a development pipeline that includes the 2.8 GW Hornsea 3, the world’s single largest offshore wind farm, and the Hornsea 4 project which received consent in mid-July," Orsted said.
Daniel Lerup, Chief Financial Officer at Ørsted, says: "We’re very pleased to have found a strong new owner for our remaining minority interest in London Array. We continue to see significant appetite for offshore wind as an asset class, and with this divestment, we continue our unrivalled track record of efficiently recycling capital to help fund our DKK 475 billion investment programme towards 2030. Ørsted remains committed to the UK offshore wind market and will continue to make significant investments in the country’s green transformation both onshore- and offshore.”
The transaction is expected to close at the end of July.