Ørsted contracts with Castleton Commodities International LLC to divest its 50% share of the Enecogen power plant
Facts on the Enecogen power plant
The Enecogen power plant in Rotterdam has a capacity of 870MW and is able to produce power for 1.4 million Dutch homes. It is the most efficient gas-fired power plant in the Netherlands and one of the most efficient in Europe. Until now, Eneco and Ørsted have each owned 50%. The plant went into commercial operation in January 2012.
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Jasper Vis, Ørsted’s Country Manager in the Netherlands, says:
“Enecogen is a very well-run gas-fired power plant and among the most efficient in Europe. The divestment is a step in Ørsted’s strategy to divest non-core assets and focus entirely on green energy. We’ve been very satisfied with the operation of the power plant and our partnership with Eneco, and it’s been important for us to find a buyer who’ll be able to continue the good cooperation with Eneco and the employees at Enecogen. Therefore, we’re very satisfied with divesting our 50% share in Enecogen to CCI.”
Lucien Wiegers, Head of Eneco Energy Trade, says: “We are glad to welcome an experienced commodity and asset management party such as CCI as our new partner in Enecogen. Together we can further expand the solid market position that Eneco and Ørsted have built up for Enecogen since 2012.”
Arie Pilo, CCI’s Head of European Power Investments, says: ”We’re pleased to work with Ørsted and to partner with Eneco as we continue to increase our activities in the rapidly changing European power market. We’re looking forward to closing this acquisition and adding this facility to our global power portfolio.”
Following the divestment, Ørsted will no longer own power plants outside of Denmark. In Denmark, Ørsted owns and operates seven combined heat and power plants, two heat backup plants and one power backup plant. Most of the combined heat and power plants have already been converted or are currently being converted from being fossil-fueled to running entirely on sustainable biomass.
As a consequence of the conversion of these power plants and the massive growth in Ørsted’s offshore wind farm business, the share of green energy in Ørsted’s heat and power production increased from 13% in 2006 to 64% by the end of 2017. Ørsted expects to be at 95% in 2023, and coal will have been phased out entirely.