Iberdrola's Eu217 million financing of a 199MW windfarm portfolio in Murcia has set a new benchmark for ever tightening margins on Spanish wind deals.
The project company, Energias Renovables de la Region de Murcia (ERRM), is 50%-owned by Iberdrola, Spain's second largest energy utility, with a 50% equity stake accruing to mainly local groups from the Murcia region in south-east Spain. These groups are: Caja Murcia, Inversiones y Proyectos 3, Grupo Fuertes, Energia Hidroelectrica de Navarra and Instituto de Fomento de Murcia.
The farms are part of a concession from Murcia's regional government. The portfolio will eventually consist of 10 windfarms, three of which are already operational with a further seven to be built between now and 2008. Current operational capacity is 42MW – the plan being to increase this to 139MW by the end of 2006 and 199MW by the end of 2008.
The debt portion of the financing consists of a Eu141 million 16-year term loan and a Eu15 million credit facility. There is a completion guarantee in place from Iberdrola, keeping margins down to...
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