Acciona closing in on stake sale

Spanish wind giant Acciona Energía has received “multiple offers” from potential partners interested in buying a stake of up to 49% in a portfolio of its international wind assets, says chief executive Rafael Mateo.

The portfolio is made up of 2.273MW of assets in 15 countries. Recharge understands that offers for the stake are now closed and that Acciona expects to complete the transaction in the second half of this year.

“We are talking about a portfolio of very high-quality assets, that are geographically diversified and operated by a company that manages a portfolio of 9GW,” says Mateo.

Acciona says that selling the minority stake will allow it to continue developing projects and supplying turbines in promising emerging markets, including Brazil, South Africa and Mexico.

“We are convinced that the field for expansion in new markets is enormous,” says Mateo.

Meanwhile, Acciona Windpower chief executive José Luis Blanco says that his company has seen a surge of orders for its AW3000 3MW turbine, after launching a campaign to increase sales to third-party customers.

Blanco says Acciona signed agreements in 2013 and the first quarter of 2014 for a total of 1.56MW, of which 88% were from external customers rather than its own projects.

Some 43% of those orders came from the Brazilian market, with 25% from the US and Canada, and 16% from Mexico.

Blanco said that Brazil has become the company’s most significant market and that Acciona’s new Brazilian nacelle plant will be “practically completed” by the middle of the year.

The company is well advanced with complying with all the local-content requirements of the National Development Bank (BNDES), Blanco says.

He adds that the company currently has a total of 666MW of orders in the country, and is preparing to take part in the next energy auctions there.