KHNP consortium makes strategic investment in U.S. wind farms

Lim Chang-won Reporter() | Posted : September 2, 2020, 09:50 | Updated : September 2, 2020, 09:50

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SEOUL -- A South Korean consortium led by Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP), the state-run operator of nuclear power plants, made a strategic investment in four U.S. wind farms. KHNP saw the wind farms as safe assets that can generate stable investment returns, citing long-term contracts with U.S. power buyers as well as management and operation by global companies.

KHNP said it has formed a consortium with South Korean investment firms including Alpha, Sprott Korea, Hana Financial Investment and Korea Investment & Securities to invest in overseas renewable energy projects.

The consortium signed a contract to acquire a 49.9 percent stake in four American wind farms from Brookfield Renewable and Invenergy. The wind farms included Prairie Breeze in Nebraska, Rattlesnake in Texas and two in Illinois -- California Ridge and Bishop Hill.

Financial terms were not disclosed. KHNP said it would establish a U.S. subsidiary to secure more deals and expand investment in new and renewable projects overseas. "Through this project, we have strengthened the foundation for becoming a comprehensive energy company and will start expanding overseas renewable energy businesses through joint development agreements," KHNP president Chung Jae-hoon said in a statement.

KHNP has stepped up efforts to diversify its portfolio and participate in renewable energy projects at home and abroad since President Moon Jae-in vowed to increase the share of renewable energy up to 20 percent of the country's total electricity output by 2030. Moon's campaign to replace fossil-fueled power plants with clean and renewable energy has undermined KHNP's performance.
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