Iberdrola sells 49% wind farm stake to EIP for 700 mln euros

The logo of Spanish utility company Iberdrola is seen outside its headquarters in Madrid, Spain, May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo

MADRID, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Spanish power company Iberdrola (IBE.MC) said on Wednesday it had agreed to sell to Swiss investment fund Energy Infrastructure Partners (EIP) a 49% stake in a German offshore wind farm for 700 million euros ($700 million).

The sale of the Wikinger wind farm will have no impact on Iberdrola's financial results in 2022, said the company, Europe's largest utility, in a statement.

Wikinger is off the island of Rugen and is part of 1,258 megawatts of offshore wind capacity that Iberdrola has in operation. Iberdrola calculates it will invest around 30 billion euros worldwide in turbines planted off windy coastlines by 2030.

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EIP, which manages more than 4 billion Swiss francs ($4.17 billion) in assets, is investing in renewable assets in Europe.

EIP and Credit Agricole Assurances reached an agreement in June to jointly buy a 25% stake in Spain's Repsol (REP.MC) renewables unit.

Iberdrola's deal comes amid soaring energy prices in Europe, with the European Commission considering capping at 180 euros per megawatt (MW) hour the price at which wind, solar and nuclear plants can sell electricity.

Iberdrola is selling stakes in its wind developments to help finance its 150 billion euro 2020-2030 investment plan, mostly devoted to renewables and power grids. It sold 40% of a British development to Macquarie's Green Investment Group in 2019.

($1 = 1.0007 euros)

($1 = 0.9602 Swiss francs)

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Reporting by Inti Landauro and Andres Gonzalez; Editing by Bradley Perrett

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