Neoen Secures Financing for Finland’s Largest Wind Farm at 404 MW

Neoen has finalised the financing of Mutkalampi, a 404 MW wind farm in Finland, which will be the country’s largest wind farm on completion.

Neoen has announced that it has finalised the financing of Mutkalampi, a 404 MW wind farm in Central and Northern Ostrobothnia in western Finland. Fully owned by Neoen, the project will be the country’s largest wind farm.

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The project will be financed by Neoen’s own capital and a 290 million euros non-recourse senior debt facility provided by German institutional asset manager MEAG, a Munich Re company, acting on behalf of primary insurance companies of ERGO, institutional investors via MEAG and several investment funds managed by MEAG. Neoen has also secured 38 million euros in VAT funding from Swedish bank SEB. Total investment in the wind farm is projected at 478 million euros, aside from financing costs.

Jerri Loikkanen, Neoen Finland’s Managing Director, said “we are delighted that Mutkalampi has achieved a significant step in securing financing. With over 500 MW, Neoen already is among the market leaders in Finland, and one of the most innovative. Thanks to our firm local grounding and dynamic team, we will continue helping to achieve Finland’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2035.

The majority of the Mutkalampi electricity output is allocated to five 10-year corporate Power Purchase Agreements: a 125 MW agreement with Google from 2019 and four other agreements signed with a Dutch consortium (Heineken, Nobian, Philips and Signify) in 2020, amounting to 126 MW. Commencement of energy production will be staggered, with a first leg scheduled to open by the end of 2022 and the second in the third quarter of 2023. 

Vestas has been elected to carry out the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC contract). The park will comprise 69 turbines of varying power, designed to maximise efficiency and keep visual and noise annoyance to a minimum. Site preparation work is already under way. 

Xavier Barbaro, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Neoen, added: “We are proud of our rapid expansion in Finland, which is now in our top three countries and I congratulate our local team. With this first project financed by MEAG, we are pleased to diversify our funding sources and thus provide new categories of lenders with an opportunity to participate in the energy transition. The Mutkalampi wind farm also reflects our ability to enlarge our customer base to major industrial clients and to innovate with a panEuropean Power Purchase Agreement for green energy.”

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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