German asset and investment manager KGAL has secured financing from HSH Nordbank AG for the construction, development and operation of two solar photovoltaic plants in France with an overall capacity of 18.58 MW.
Energy Finance & Investment News in France
The European Commission yesterday approved an unprecedented grant of EUR578 million (US$718.5 million) to the Biscay Gulf France-Spain interconnection project. The grant will fund the construction of a 370km electricity transmission line between Gatika, around 20km north of Bilbao, in the north-east of Spain, and Cubnezais, around 40km north of Bordeaux, in the south-west of France.
Taking advantage of the attractive market conditions, ENGIE has issued its first Green Hybrid Bond (Deeply Subordinated Perpetual Bond) for an amount of EUR1 billion (US$1.22 billion), with a coupon of 1.375% and a Non-Call period of 5.25 years.
French renewable energy provider Neoen has obtained financing for the construction of a global 1.6 GW renewable energy portfolio, through issuing a junior green bond with a total value of EUR245 million (US$293 million). The bonds have been subscribed by AMP Capital, through its Infrastructure Debt Fund III (IDF III).
VALOREM group has announced the success of VASCO, an operation of legal and financial re-organisation of its green energy projects through the roll-over of its EUR180 million (US$216,48 million) senior debt.
ENGIE and Crédit Agricole Assurances have signed a new agreement to acquire nearly 500 MW of on-shore wind and solar power plants by the end of 2018 through their joint venture FEIH (Futures Energies Investissements Holding).
Veolia has won the contract to operate the Reims Energy Recovery Plant. The waste treatment plant is located in Reims, in the north-east of France, 129km from Paris.
The General Directorate for Energy and the Climate (DGEC) in France, which is part of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, has revealed that it is going to hold joint auction for wind and solar power projects in the near future. DGEC are looking to allocate around 200 MW of renewable energy capacity in lots not exceeding 18 MW in size
The Land Degradation Neutrality Fund was officially launched at the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which took place in Ordos, China. The initiative is promoted by UNCCD and Mirova.
SCOR Investment Partners, the SCOR group’s portfolio management company, have announced the end of the deployment of €378 million (US$444.06 million) through the SCOR Infrastructure Loans II fund, and the launch of the third generation with the SCOR Infrastructure Loans III fund.
Ardian, announced it has signed an agreement for the sale of a €1 billion portfolio of assets after a competitive auction. The Investors involved are APG and AXA, both existing shareholders of the portfolio since 2006. Ardian will remain the asset manager and advisor of the portfolio.
Over the period of 2020 to 2035, the EDF Group – through its subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles – intends to develop and build solar plants in France with a total 30 GW of installed capacity.
The European Investment Bank (EIB), French lender Natixis Energeco and Akuo Energy, the leading French IPP in renewable energy, will take part in an EUR330 million (US$389 million) investment programme targeting nearly 400 MW of renewable energy projects owned by Akuo Energy.
Marguerite has announced the sale of a portfolio of renewable and concession-based assets by the Marguerite Fund to Pantheon.
ERG, through its subsidiary ERG Eolienne France SAS, has signed an agreement with Vent d'Est SAS, a company located in the Grand Est region of France for the acquisition of a 75% equity interest in two companies owners of two wind farms with an overall capacity of 16.25 MW
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced that the French government plans to invest €20 billion in an energy transition plan.
Voltalia has announced that two solar projects with a total capacity of 8 MW have been selected by the French ministry for Ecological and Social Transition under the “CRE IV” national call for tenders.
Terna and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed an agreement for a €130 million (US$153 million) loan in support of investments for the public component of the Piedmont-Savoy project, the new 320 kV direct current electricity interconnector that will link Italy and France.
Boralex has announced the closing of financing of €46.4 million (US$54.9 million) for the Chemin de Grès wind farm in France’s Nord department.
EDF Energies Nouvelles has announced the results of its Simplified Public Tender Offer for FUTUREN (FTRN).