23 December 2019  |  Santiago

DIF Capital Partners closes acquisition of Cerro Grande wind farm in Uruguay

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”), through its most recent fund DIF Infrastructure V, is pleased to announce the 100% acquisition of the 50 MW Cerro Grande wind farm in Uruguay from Enercon and eab New Energy.

The project, comprising 22 turbines, has been operational since January 2018 and benefits from a 20-year power purchase agreement with UTE, Uruguay’s state-owned utility. The project will continue to be maintained by Enercon under a long-term agreement and asset management services continue to be delivered by SEG Heliotec.

Following the recent opening of its Latin American office in Santiago (Chile), this marks DIF’s first investment in Uruguay and fits well within DIF’s mandate as the investment is in an operational wind project with long-term contracted off-take.

Daniel Aninat, Managing Director and head of DIF’s South American operations added: “We are very pleased to acquire our first renewable energy project in South America. The transaction is the result of our strong relationship with Enercon and we believe this investment is attractive for DIF’s investors due to the long-term project agreements that provide a high degree of predictability of future cash flows.”

DIF has been advised by Voltiq (financial), Hughes & Hughes and Gómez-Acebo & Pombo (legal), DNV GL (technical), KPMG (tax) and Mazars (model audit). Enercon was advised by Ficus Capital.

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €6.0 billion of assets under management across eight closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure funds target equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, utilities and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams.
  • DIF CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams.

DIF has a team of over 135 professionals, based in nine offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Santiago, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

Thijs Verburg, Investor Relations & Business Development
Email: t.verburg@dif.eu