RWE Supply & Trading has sold Lynemouth Power station to Czech utility company Energetický a prumyslový holding (EPH)

Next important milestone for development of the Lynemouth Power site reached by selling the station to the strategic investor EPH

RWE Supply & Trading GmbH is pleased to confirm that agreement has been reached on the sale of Lynemouth Power Limited (Lynemouth Power), which is operating Lynemouth power station, to EP UK Investments Limited (EP UK), a subsidiary of Energetický a prumyslový holding (EPH), a leading Central European energy group.

The acquisition of Lynemouth Power Limited in 2012 was part of the Principal Investments business of RWE Supply & Trading GmbH. 

Lynemouth Power Background:

Lynemouth Power owns and operates a 420 MW (gross capacity) coal fired station in the north east of the UK and has been working with contractors to design a technical solution for a full conversion of the power plant to run on biomass. Lynemouth Power received clearance from the European Commission on 1st December 2015 for its supporting Investment Contract (Contract for Difference) from the UK government.

EPH Background:

EPH is a leading Central European energy group operating mainly in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Italy, UK, Hungary and Poland. It is a vertically integrated energy utility covering the complete value chain in the energy sector. It includes 40 companies operating in coal extraction, electricity and heat production from conventional and renewable sources, electricity and heat distribution, electricity and gas trading and supply to end users (including the 2GW Eggborough Power Station). EPH is also the gas industry leader in Slovakia and the key shipper of natural gas from Russia to the European Union. The companies in the group employ more than 10,000 people. EPH’s generating plants currently have a total installed electrical capacity of almost 9000 MW.

Principal Investments:

Leveraging our extensive energy commodity expertise, RWE Supply & Trading has introduced the department “Principal Investments”. Principal Investments targets energy assets and companies including distressed opportunities and/or where RWE Supply & Trading brings physical trading capabilities to manage commodity risk for the investment. We target investments where the majority of the value is driven by the relevant commodity rather than a focus on financial leverage or operational improvement. Geographical focus is including but not limited to Western/Eastern Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. Ideal investments involve strong management teams with the appropriate incentives to deliver returns with an exit strategy at high valuations targeting 3-5 years.