Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, has agreed to sell ASR Wind, a portfolio of 12 wind farms, to Naturgy, the Spanish renewable energy group. The wind farms are in different regions across Spain. Commissioned between 2005 and 2012, the farms have an installed capacity of 422 MW.
Ardian has used the ASR Wind platform to manage other renewable energy projects in Spain and Italy, totaling 1GW, which were excluded from this transaction.
Ardian acquired 95% of the ASR Wind portfolio in 2019, representing the first investment of its fifth-generation fund, Ardian Infrastructure Fund V. The remaining percentage is held by Exus Management Partners, which will also exit the company’s ownership following the transaction.
“This transaction marks a milestone moment for Ardian’s Infrastructure strategy. Our team is now a pioneer in Spain in developing wind-solar hybrid systems, optimizing their production capacity and improving their industrial value. The attractiveness of this type of asset has also been demonstrated by the strong interest it has received in the market. Furthermore, we will continue to develop our remaining 1GW portfolio with AGR-AM and continue to create value.” Juan Angoitia, Co-Head of Infrastructure Europe, Ardian
The closing of the transaction is scheduled for the end of July, once Naturgy has completed the competition procedures required by the authorities.
Commitment to Spain
Alongside the management of wind farms, the company is driving several other value-creating initiatives, including the hybridization of wind assets with solar photovoltaic power generation systems led by AGR-AM, the renewable asset manager dedicated exclusively to Ardian’s portfolio in Spain and Latin America.
The hybridization of wind assets with solar photovoltaic production systems is particularly noteworthy. The 435 MW of hybrid photovoltaic farms included in the sale are currently being developed as part of a pioneering project in Spain, maximizing the quality of connection points and stabilizing the energy production of the assets once hybridized.
- Financial advisors: Santander CIB and BBVA CIB
- Legal advisor: Clifford Chance
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