FRV welcomes new partner OMERS Infrastructure into the FRV Australia renewable energy platform
OMERS invests in FRV´s Australian renewable energy platform to acquire a 49% interest.
This new collaborative partnership investment will accelerate FRV´s immediate growth in the country with new projects, consolidating its leadership position.
Sydney and Toronto, October 18, 2021 – Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a leading global developer of utility-scale renewable energy projects and part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, have today announced the sale of a 49% interest in FRV Australia Group to OMERS Infrastructure (the “Transaction”).
Under the terms of the Transaction, OMERS Infrastructure will acquire a 49% interest in FRV’s Australian renewable energy platform, including 637 MWDC of six operational and under construction solar PV assets, located in strong parts of the National Electricity Market and whose energy and green products are contracted with high-quality counterparties, as well as a development pipeline comprising of ~2.7GWDC of solar PV projects and ~1.3GWh of Battery Energy Storage Systems assets.
The Transaction represents an important milestone for FRV who has been active in Australia since 2010. It followed a fundraising process started earlier this year and it will allow the company to achieve ambitious further growth plans in the country. The partnership with a top tier investor such as OMERS Infrastructure is a strong signal of confidence in the high value of FRV’s portfolio of projects and pipeline.
Daniel Sagi-Vela, CEO of FRV commented, “We are delighted to partner with OMERS, a leading global energy investor with proven experience in funding renewables development projects. FRV’s partnership with OMERS will allow us to combine our collective expertise to drive investment and grow our leading position in solar generation in Australia”. Carlo Frigerio, Managing Director of FRV Australia added: “This partnership will accelerate FRV’s consolidation as one of the renewable energy market leaders in the country and also the expansion of our footprint into new technologies”.
Fady Jameel, Deputy President and Vice Chairman, Abdul Latif Jameel, reiterated, “We look forward to working in partnership with OMERS. Our partnership with OMERS across FRV’s Australian platform will support our continued investment in renewables and renewables-based technologies in Australia. We look forward to combining our skills to deliver on Australia’s renewable energy targets and fast track the country’s renewable energy transition.
Christopher Curtain, Senior Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, OMERS Infrastructure commented, “In alignment with our long-term strategy, OMERS looks forward to partnering with FRV to develop a multi-technology renewables platform across Australia. We are committed to leveraging our extensive experience as a leading global infrastructure investor and working collaboratively with FRV and the FRV Australian management team to further grow the platform”.
OMERS Infrastructure’s global renewable energy holdings include Leeward Renewable Energy, a growth-oriented renewable energy company that owns and operates a portfolio of 22 renewable energy facilities across nine U.S. states, totaling more than 2 GW of installed capacity. Leeward is actively developing new wind, solar, and energy storage projects in energy markets across the U.S. OMERS Infrastructure also owns an approximately 19.4% stake in Azure Power Global Limited (NYSE: AZRE), a leading independent renewable power producer located in India, with an asset base of ~2 GW of operational capacity and ~5 GW of capacity under construction or awarded.
The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals with financial close expected by year end.
Credit Suisse and White & Case acted as exclusive financial and legal advisor to FRV, respectively, while ICA Partners and Herbert Smith Freehills acted as exclusive financial and legal advisor to OMERS Infrastructure, respectively.
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FRV, part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, is a leading global renewable energy development company. In line with our ambition to continue leading the global transition to a more sustainable energy future, FRV has evolved from being just a developer to becoming an independent power producer.
We aim to be the world's leading green energy and infrastructure platform. To achieve this strategic vision, we have accelerated our growth through the return on our activities, shareholder contributions and asset rotation through the sale of minority stakes. As a result, the company expects to invest more than US$ 1.5 billion with the goal of doubling total installed capacity from 2 GW in 2021 to 4 GW in 2024. For more information, please visit:
About OMERS and OMERS Infrastructure
manages investments globally in infrastructure on behalf of OMERS, the defined benefit pension plan for municipal employees in the Province of Ontario, Canada. Investments are aimed at steady returns to help deliver sustainable, affordable and meaningful pensions to OMERS members. OMERS Infrastructure also manages capital in several assets for other institutional investors
OMERS diversified portfolio of large-scale infrastructure assets exhibits stability and strong cash flows, in sectors including energy, digital services, transportation and government-regulated services. OMERS has employees in Toronto and other major cities across North America, the U.K., Continental Europe, Asia and Australia. OMERS is one of Canada's largest defined benefit pension funds with net assets of C$114 billion, as at June 30, 2021.
About Abdul Latif Jameel Energy
Abdul Latif Jameel Energy was established in 2012, and is now a leading independent power producer, and a premier service provider in the renewable energy sector, with interests in 16 countries around the world with capabilities in renewable energy, including solar PV, wind, waste-to-energy and environmental solutions, including desalination, water and wastewater treatment. For more information, please visit:
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