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Orsted Enters $2.7 Billion Deal to Sell Stake in Taiwan

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December 29, 2020

By Kati Pohjanpalo (Bloomberg) —

Orsted A/S, the world’s biggest developer of offshore wind parks, has agreed to sell a stake in a farm off the coast of Taiwan in a deal worth about NT$75 billion ($2.7 billion).

The agreement hands Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ) and Cathay PE, a Taiwanese private equity fund, 50% of Orsted’s 605 megawatt Greater Changhua 1 Offshore Wind Farm, the Danish company said in a statement late on Monday.

Shares in Orsted fell as much as 1.5% after gaining in the first moments of trading on Tuesday morning. The company, which has seen its value grow more than 80% this year, soared on Monday amid a broader rally in renewable stocks after President Donald Trump signed a pandemic relief bill that includes extensions of tax credits for wind and solar power.

Transition to Green

Martin Neubert, chief executive officer of Orsted Offshore, said the Taiwan sale shows that institutional investors are “playing an important role in the transition to renewable energy and low-emission economies.” The farm is part of a 900 megawatt wind park that Orsted expects to have finished building in 2022.

Jeff Chang, the chairman of Cathay PE, said the agreement “represents an important milestone in Taiwan’s energy transition toward a low-carbon future.”

The transaction will be funded through a combination of equity and senior long-term debt facilities from 15 international and Taiwanese banks and two Taiwanese life insurance companies as well as five export credit agencies providing lending and guarantees.

The deal won’t affect Orsted’s 2020 financial outlook, and the buyers are expected to make payments in 2021 and 2022. Orsted’s divestment is subject to regulatory approval from the Taiwanese authorities, it said.(Adds share price reaction in third paragraph)

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