The private equity arm of Standard Life Investments (SLI) is eyeing more deals in the renewable power arena after buying a portfolio of hydro plants in Norway.
Edinburgh-based SL Capital Partners, which manages about £6.6 billion in private equity assets across Europe and North America, is to buy Nordic Power through its infrastructure fund.
The deal marks the second in little more than a week for the fund, following its purchase of a gas network operation in Finland.
Under the agreement with Norwegian utility Nordkraft, SL Capital will buy Nordic Power, operator of 13 small-scale hydro energy plants that generate a total of 58 megawatts. In return, Nordkraft will manage, operate and maintain the plants and will seek to sell further assets that are close to being commissioned.
Nordkraft chief Eirik Frantzen said the tie-up was “rather new” in the hydro market, but “in other sectors such as oil and gas and real estate, this type of arrangement has worked very successfully over long periods”.
Dominic Helmsley, managing director of infrastructure at SL Capital, said: “Small hydro power is a growth area of the market across Europe and we will pursue scale through additional purchases in the sector.”