Abu Dhabi’s Taqa files for sale of US wind power asset

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, or Taqa, has filed with US energy regulators to sell its stake in the Lakefield wind power plant in the US state of Minnesota to a Qatari company.

Taqa, which reported a net loss of Dh416 million for the quarter ending September 30, said earlier this month it was aiming to develop local oil and gas projects, leveraging on its overseas expertise and signalling a shift in strategy.

A filing made last week sought authorisation for the sale of the Lakefield plant to Nebras Power by the end of this year, so the deal can be completed in the first quarter of 2016.

Taqa, majority-owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, bought a 50 per cent stake in the 205.5 megawatt project from a subsidiary of France’s EDF in early 2013.

It is the only wind power holding in Taqa’s portfolio and the company said earlier this year it had decided to sell the asset, given a “carrying value” of Dh147m which it said was expected to be surpassed in the sale.

A Taqa spokesman confirmed the filing but declined to give further details.

Nebaras Power is owned 60 per cent by Qatar Electricity & Water, 20 per cent by Qatar Holding and 20 per cent by Qatar Petroleum.


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