Science News in Brief: Ørsted sells half its stake in massive offshore wind-farm for 37.5 billion kroner – The Post

Science News in Brief: Ørsted sells half its stake in massive offshore wind-farm for 37.5 billion kroner

In other news, Novozymes is also prospering, but more so from a sense of purpose than materially

The offshore windfarms keep on getting bigger and bigger (photo: Lars Plougmann, Flickr)
September 20th, 2018 1:00 pm| by Ross McPherson
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Danish energy giant Ørsted has confirmed to its shareholders that it has sold 50 percent of its shares in the Hornsea Project, a massive offshore windfarm in the North Sea, for 37.5 billion kroner to Global Infrastructure Partners.

The project will be the largest windfarm in the world when finished. Already it produces an astounding 1,218 megawatts of energy.

Ørsted said the sale will reduce the company’s risk on a single asset and work out well for the shareholders.


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