Global Tech I Closes Non-Recourse Debt Refinancing

Global Tech I has refinanced its non-recourse debt, according to Green Giraffe, which acted as a financial advisor to Global Tech I and its sponsors.

The refinancing, for which the transaction closed on 2 November, gathered a large sponsor group, led by SWM Stadtwerke München, Axpo Group and ENTEGA Plus GmbH, the project stakeholders.

The transaction saw the sponsors arranging a EUR 520 million senior debt package provided by Société Générale, SEB, KfW IPEX-Bank, Bayern LB, Rabobank, ING, ASN, and including an institutional tranche of a EUR 100 million fixed rate loan fully underwritten by Kommunalkredit Austria.

“The refinancing is an important step in our continuous efforts to further strengthen the business case of our 400 MW offshore windpark”, said Dr. David Baureis, Managing Director of Global Tech I. 

“Thank you to the teams at Green Giraffe and CMS Hasche Sigle who advised and supported us in this transaction”, Global Tech I said on social media.

The offshore wind farm comprises 80 AREVA M5000-116 turbines, each with a capacity of 5 MW, located approximately 140 kilometres northwest of Emden in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The 400 MW Global Tech I has been in operation since 2015.

In January of this year, the project team reported that the wind farm achieved the second-highest production value in 2019 on 8 December, with a total of 8,800 MWh of green electricity fed in on that day.