BW Offshore invests in Ideol

In: Windfarms
BW Offshore has signed a share purchase agreement to become a strategic owner of floating offshore wind power company Ideol S.A. Under the agreement, the two companies will create a renewable energy company with in-house developed technology, supported by BW Offshore’s experience from development and operation of offshore energy production systems.
“We see solid opportunities for developing offshore power production solutions to drive energy transition at global scale. We are combining our four decades of offshore development, financing and operational experience with Ideol’s proven floating offshore wind technology and expertise. Together we are creating a champion in this emerging market with significant long-term growth and value creation potential,”
said Marco Beenen, the CEO of BW Offshore.

Ideol is actively involved with the development of floating offshore wind, both pre-commercial and commercial-scale projects, in France and Japan. It has designed and deployed its damping pool floating foundation technology at the
Floatgen and Hibiki offshore wind projects, off the coasts of France and Japan. It is a privately held company based in La Ciotat, France.

Ideol developed a floating barge foundation design, featuring a 5,000 tonne ring-shaped hollow concrete float. The shape is designed so that water movement within the central opening will counteract the motion of the floater caused by wave swell and stabilises the structure.

“Our established position in floater design and engineering, coupled with BW Offshore’s track-record of project development and deep-water expertise, provides a strong platform for accelerated growth as a leader in floating offshore wind technology and growing developer of offshore renewable energy projects,”
said Paul Dupin de la Guérivière, the CEO of Ideol.

Ideol S.A. will become a wholly owned subsidiary of a new entity named BW Ideol. BW Ideol will have clear strategic targets; growth as a technology and EPC services provider, expanding and maturing a significant portfolio of development projects and becoming a long-term asset owner and operator.

BW Offshore is to invest EUR 60 million to attain a strategic stake in BW Ideol. The company signed a share purchase agreement to acquire shares outstanding in Ideol S.A. via the separate entity BW Ideol AS. Ideol founders and employees, will remain shareholders and transfer their holdings to BW Ideol, and continue to lead the company backed by BW Offshore as a long-term industrial partner.  

BW Ideol is planning to seek admission to trading on Euronext Growth Oslo by the end of March 2021. Carnegie A/S and Nordea Bank Abp, filial i Norge have been appointed sole advisers for the admission process and a planned private placement of new shares to fund development of the project pipeline. BW Offshore will participate in the planned private placement as an anchor investor.

BW Offshore expects to hold approximately 50% of the shares outstanding in BW Ideol post the contemplated capital raise and listing. The share acquisition and participation in the capital raise will be funded from BW Offshore’s existing liquidity reserves. Ideol management and employees are expected to own about 20% of the shares post listing.

The transaction and listing are expected to close in the first quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. In the event of a delay to the planned capital raise and admission to trading, BW Offshore will provide a convertible shareholder loan of up to EUR 10 million to finance BW Ideol’s current development plans and working capital requirements through 2021.

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