Australian investment firm Macquarie has agreed to acquire one of Europe’s largest operational onshore wind farms from Czech utility CEZ .
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets will acquire the 600MW Fântânele-Cogealac-Gradina wind farm in south-east Romania subject to final approval of the deal from European antitrust authorities and the Romanian Supreme Council of National Defence.
It is also due to acquire six of CEZ’s other Romanian holdings, including one of the country’s energy distribution networks, an electricity and gas supply business, and 22MW of hydropower projects.
CEZ had listed the portfolio for sale last year in a bid to increase its ability to repay debt, fund new renewable energy projects and provide modern energy services in the Czech Republic and across Europe.
Despite economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, there was a “high level of competition” for the portfolio, CEZ stated.
Fântânele-Cogealac comprises 240 2.5MW GE Renewable Energy turbines and was commissioned in 2012.