LGIM Real Assets (“LGIM RA”) announces that it has provided, on behalf of its clients including Legal & General Retirement Institutional (LGRI), c.£370 million in long-term financing to support Global Infrastructure Partners (“GIP”) 50% acquisition of the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm (“Hornsea” or “the Project”) from Orsted Wind Power (“Orsted”).
27 Nov 2018
Hornsea, which will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm once complete, is located 100km off the North-East coast of Britain in the southern North Sea. When fully commissioned, it will comprise 174 market leading turbines provided by Siemens with an export capacity of 1,200 megawatts, providing enough power for over 1,000,000 UK homes. The Project’s main construction phase will create 2,000 full time jobs throughout the UK and when Hornsea is fully operational in 2020, it is expected to create hundreds of permanent jobs locally.
LGIM RA clients investment in the Hornsea One offshore wind farm follows a number of significant investments made in the U.K. renewables sector over the past 12 months. Previous deals include; c.£320 million of debt financing for the Walney Extension, currently the world’s largest offshore wind farm, and the provision of £48 million in staple financing to support Fiera Infrastructure for their investment into a solar photovoltaic technology portfolio across the U.K. These investments demonstrate LGIM RA’s commitment to this sector and our clients’ ambitions for continued portfolio growth in the renewables space.
Charles-Henry Lecointe, Senior Investment Manager – Infrastructure Debt LGIM Real Assets, comments: “This deal represents our second offshore wind investment for LGIM clients, and our largest single investment into the renewable sector to date. We recognise the importance of the offshore wind industry and the vital role it plays in providing clean energy and stimulating job growth in the UK. Legal & General’s investment in the world’s largest offshore wind farm is testament to our continued focus in the renewables sector.”
Eleanor Bucks, Managing Director, Direct Investments and Real Assets, Legal & General Retirement, said: “We are delighted to be investing in this project, the world’s largest offshore wind farm and the second offshore wind farm investment by Legal & General Retirement. We believe in connecting pensions to the real economy. The investments we make have a positive influence on the daily lives of people across the UK. In addition to making security in retirement more affordable, Hornsea One will eventually provide clean, renewable energy to one million UK households and jobs for the local community.”