Madrid, May 21st 2019: EDP Renováveis, S.A. ("EDPR”) announces the signing of a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to create a co-controlled 50/50 joint-venture (JV) in fixed and floating offshore wind. The new entity will be the exclusive vehicle of investment of EDPR and ENGIE for offshore wind opportunities worldwide and will become a global top-5 player in the field, bringing together the industrial expertise and development capacity of both companies.
Under the terms of the MoU, EDPR and ENGIE, will combine their offshore wind assets and project pipeline in the newly-created JV, starting with a total of 1.5 GW1 under construction and 4.0 GW2 under development, with the target of reaching 5 to 7 GW3 of projects in operation or construction and 5 to 10 GW3 under advanced development by 2025.
For EDPR and ENGIE, offshore wind energy is becoming an essential part of the global energy transition, leading to the market’s rapid growth and increased competitiveness. The companies believe that creating an entity with greater scale and a fully dedicated team, with global business development reach and strong power purchase agreement origination capabilities, will allow them to grow their asset base more rapidly and to operate more efficiently assuring a stable partnership.
The JV will primarily target markets in Europe, the United States and selected geographies in Asia, where most of the growth is expected to come from. The JV’s ambition is to be self-financed and the projects that will be developed will respect the investment criteria of both companies.
This ambitious alliance follows EDPR and ENGIE’s successful five-year cooperation as consortium partners in the Dieppe Le Tréport and Yeu Noirmoutier fixed offshore wind projects in France and Moray East and Moray West in the United Kingdom. EDPR and ENGIE are also partners in 2 floating offshore wind projects in France and Portugal and in the Dunkerque offshore wind tender currently ongoing in France.
The execution of the project is subject to the respective social, corporate, legal, regulatory and contractual approval processes. The JV is expected to be operational by the end of 2019.
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1 Corresponding to 100% of projects capacity: Moray East (950 MW), Wind Float Atlantic (25 MW), SeaMade (487 MW)
2 Corresponding to 100% of projects capacity: Moray West (800-950 MW), Tréport & Noirmoutier (992 MW), Leucate (24 MW), Mayflower (1,500 MW), B&C Wind (400 MW), California (100-150 MW)
3Corresponding to 100% of project capacity