Macquarie Bank and Novera establish renewable energy JV

MACQUARIE Bank and Novera Energy Limited have established a new 50:50 joint venture company aimed at acquiring and operating renewable energy assets in the UK.
Macquarie Bank and Novera establish renewable energy JV
Macquarie Bank and Novera establish renewable energy JV
Macquarie Bank and Novera establish renewable energy JV
Macquarie Bank and Novera establish renewable energy JV
Macquarie Bank and Novera establish renewable energy JV

Novera Macquarie Renewable Energy Limited (NMRE) – NMRE began operating yesterday with one of the UK’s largest diversified renewable energy portfolios, according to Novera.

NMRE bought the bulk of A$301 million portfolio from Novera and United Energies plc. Novera and Macquarie also provided an equity investment of $A40.8 million each for their share of NMRE.

Novera Chairman Dr Don Stammer said these transactions delivered an outstanding outcome for Novera shareholders with good long-term growth prospects for the company and claimed it confirmed Novera as one of Europe’s leading developers and managers of renewable energy assets.

“As joint owner with Macquarie Bank of a $A300 million renewable energy portfolio, Novera’s core business will now centre on sustainable energy asset investment and development,” Stammer said.

“The key activities will be proactively managing Novera’s investment in NMRE, including capacity expansion, identification and evaluation of operational or near-operational assets for acquisition by NMRE, and project managing the development of greenfield assets for acquisition by NMRE.”

Stammer said Novera would provide updated forecasts to shareholders in the New Year after the approved Board the revised business plan.

NMRE has acquired United Utilities Green Energy (UUGE), a wholly owned subsidiary of United Utilities plc, for $A157.5 million. UUGE had a large diversified renewable energy portfolio that included landfill gas (LFG) and hydro sites. The purchase does not include UUGE’s wind farm development portfolio.

NMRE has also acquired Novera Energy Europe Limited (NEEL) from Novera for a net £25.3 million ($A63.3 million) after transaction costs. NMRE has acquired all of Novera's LFG operations in the UK including sites being developed.

NMRE’s initial portfolio will have an installed capacity of 107 megawatts. Of this 95MW is currently operational, consisting of 79MW of LFG at 40 sites across the UK and 16.2MW of small scale hydro generators at 10 sites. NMRE will have approximately 60 employees to manage and operate the sites.

NMRE expects an additional 21MW of generating capacity to be added to the portfolio from the completion of a new 14.5MW wind farm and an expansion of 7MW on existing and secured LFG sites. All of NMRE’s electricity output will be sold under long-term contracts. NMRE will target double digit annual yields.

NMRE has a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with UK energy retailer Centrica, which applies to all new and uncontracted renewable energy output from NMRE.

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