Octopus Renewables increases ownership of Lincs wind farm


Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust plc (ORIT) has acquired a further 7.75% ownership interest in the
Lincs offshore wind farm (Lincs) from a fund managed by Macquarie Asset Management. This follow-on investment adds to the original 7.75% stake in this wind farm that ORIT acquired in May 2022.
 
Lincs, located off the east coast of England, has been operational since 2013 and has long-term fixed price inflation linked revenue arising from the UK's ROC (Renewables Obligation Certificate) regime, under which the wind farm receives 2 ROCs per megawatt hour of electricity generation during the first 20 years of operation. The wind farm has an installed capacity of 270MW, made up of 75 turbines each of 3.6 MW spread across c.35 square kilometres. Lincs is operated and managed by Ørsted, the largest energy company in Denmark, and a leading developer and operator of offshore wind farms in the UK and globally.
 
Following this transaction, Lincs represents approximately 16% of ORIT's portfolio on a gross asset value basis.
 
ORIT's investment comes alongside a co-investment from another fund managed by Octopus Energy Generation, Sky (ORI SCSp), which has acquired a 7.75% indirect stake in Lincs as part of this transaction. Following this transaction, funds managed by Macquarie Asset Management retain a 44% stake in Lincs.

In a separate transaction, ORIT has agreed to acquire the Leeskow Onshore Wind Farm from German developer UKA. Leeskow, a 34.6MW operational wind farm located in Brandenburg, north-east Germany was commissioned in August 2020.

Phil Austin, Chairman of Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust plc, commented: "Wind energy is a vital pillar of both the UK and the EU's energy systems. Today's investment in the Lincs Offshore Wind Farm takes ORIT's position in this significant operational offshore wind farm asset to 15.5% and our commitment to Leeskow marks our first investment into German onshore wind."
 
Chris Gaydon, Investment Director at Octopus Energy Generation, commented: "These acquisitions of operational assets further increase the diversification in ORIT's portfolio including adding a new country. Both assets add to the proportion of fixed-price power revenues in the portfolio, with the Leeskow acquisition based on power prices well below the cap recently announced by the EU."



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