Pinsent Masons advises Statkraft on landmark offshore wind partnership with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

17 Jan 2023 | 03:26 pm | 1 min. read

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has advised Statkraft on the sale of a 50% stake in their Irish offshore wind portfolio to Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners’ fund, Copenhagen Infrastructure IV K/S, as part of its plans to develop up to 2.2 gigawatts of offshore wind in Ireland.

The partnership includes the development of offshore wind development projects North Irish Sea Array (NISA), located in the Irish Sea off the coast of counties Dublin, Louth and Meath, and Bore Array in the Celtic Sea. The development and construction of the projects is expected to exceed a €4 billion investment by Statkraft and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners by 2030.

The Pinsent Masons team acting on the transaction was led by Senior Associate Sarah Hope and Partners Richard Murphy and Oisin McLoughlin in the firm’s Ireland Energy practice and included a range of specialist advice and experience on offshore wind from a number of offices across the UK and Germany.

Commenting on the deal, Sarah Hope said:

"This partnership is a significant development for Ireland’s renewable energy market. Bringing two leading renewable energy developers together provides huge opportunity in terms of the scale of offshore wind energy production that can be provided to the Irish population. The portfolio under the partnership includes the North Irish Sea Array project which is one of the seven “Relevant Projects”, which are the first phase of projects intended to assist Ireland in meeting its target of 7 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030.

Our energy practice has now advised on transactions involving three of the seven “Relevant Projects” for offshore wind, having previously advised EDF on the acquisition of a 50% interest in Codling Wind Park I and II.”

Statkraft is Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. The company entered the Irish market in 2018 and since then has almost tripled its workforce and tripled its development portfolio. A leading player in the Irish renewable energy market, it develops, owns, and operates renewable energy projects across the technologies of onshore wind, offshore wind, solar, battery storage and grid services.  

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