Parkwind has the pleasure of announcing that the 257MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm reached financial close . The project raised about EUR 570m of debt from a group of nine lenders: KBC Bank, Belfius Bank, Helaba, KfW IPEX-Bank, Coöperatieve Rabobank, Société Générale, ING Bank, EKF Danmarks Eksportkredit and the European Investment Bank.

Leveraging on 10 years of offshore wind experience in Belgium, Parkwind now launches the construction of its first German project, setting new standards with innovative installation methods. The wind farm will be located in the German territorial waters of the Baltic Sea, northeast of the island of Rügen. It will generate green energy to power the equivalent of up to 290,000 households as of 2023.

After being successful in the 2018 auction, the project was awarded a market premium and recently obtained its permit in March 2021. Offshore installation works are due to begin in 2022 and the wind farm is expected to be fully operational in 2023.

Ralf Bauer, Head of Corporate Finance at Parkwind, commented: “Finalizing the development of the project and reaching financial close has shown the dedication, professionalism and resilience of the whole Parkwind team and its advisors. We are proud to see this reflected in the confidence of the financial markets.”

Eric Antoons, co-CEO of Parkwind, commented: “Being joined by such a strong group of lenders gives us further confidence in the pursuit of our mission and our ambition to grow internationally. We now focus on delivering the project and contributing to Germany’s transition towards renewable energy sources.”

Clément Helbig de Balzac, Arcadis Ost 1 Project Director, added: “After three years of intense development works, the Parkwind team can be proud of securing the financial close of Arcadis Ost 1. With the group of world class contractors that we have formed, the support of the local authorities and now, our lenders, Arcadis Ost 1 can begin its execution phase and will ultimately become an integrated part of Germany’s energy transition.”

Christian Pegel, the Minister for Energy and Infrastructure of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, said: “Since the approval of the first offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea in 2011, offshore wind has not only contributed to the energy transition, but also to an enormous economic development in our region. With Arcadis Ost 1, now the fourth offshore wind farm off the coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, we are continuing this success story. In the future, we want to use offshore wind to generate climate-neutral hydrogen, making our region even more attractive for new businesses.”

Vestas will supply the 27 V174 – 9,5MW wind turbine generators; Heerema will be performing the turbine installation with the recently developed floating installation method; Bladt Industries will deliver the offshore substation; DEME Offshore with its state-of-the-art installation vessel Orion will install the XXL monopiles fabricated by Steelwind; JDR will be delivering the inter-array cables and Global Marine performing the installation of these cables. The wind farm will connect to the 50Hertz grid.

Parkwind has led the financing process together with Jones Day and Chatham Partners acting as sponsors’ legal advisors. The lenders were advised by Loyens & Loeff and Watson Farley & Williams while Mott MacDonald acted as lenders’ technical advisor.

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About Parkwind

Parkwind is an independent green energy company that develops, finances and operates offshore wind farms. With more than a decade of experience and 771 MW under operational management in the Belgian North Sea, Parkwind is currently expanding internationally. With active projects at various stages of development, such as Arcadis Ost 1 (DE) or Oriel (IRL), Parkwind is set to add another 1.1 GW of capacity under its management.

Committed to making green energy available and affordable for everyone through its unique approach covering the entire value chain of offshore wind, Parkwind has established itself as a reliable and competitive partner to communities, governments and suppliers globally.

Composed of over 120 professionals operating from offices in Belgium and Ireland, Parkwind leads the offshore wind energy activities of its Belgian shareholder Virya, which is owned by the Colruyt Group and Korys. Learn more at www.parkwind.eu

About Arcadis Ost 1

Arcadis Ost 1 is a 257MW offshore wind farm developed in the German territorial waters of the Baltic Sea, northeast of the island of Rügen. Arcadis Ost 1 has been developed by Parkwind with the participation of PMV and OstseeWindEnergie GmbH , a project company of the three partners Oberhessische Versorgungsbetriebe AG ,Stadtwerke Bad Vilbel and WV Energie AG.

The wind farm will begin operations in 2023 and will supply enough green energy to power an equivalent of up to 290,000 households.

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Maarten van der Horst

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Maarten joined Parkwind and more specifically the Oriel project team in early 2021. He brings 17 years of experience in the energy industry having worked at Engie's renewables arm first as an engineer, later as offshore specialist.

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Wim Verrept

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He joined Parkwind in 2016 as risk manager, during the installation phase of Nobelwind. Since then his responsibilities have expanded to include IT and the QHSSE department. Before joining the company, he worked as a risk manager at large financial institution in Belgium.

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Ingrid Dony

HR Manager

Ingrid joined Parkwind in 2013 and manages the Human Resources department. Her expertise in corporate HR has created the foundations in Parkwind’s evolving and rapidly growing employee and consultant base. Her team manages everything from payroll to employee development and communications. She has been instrumental in preparing the organization for international expansion and the digitalization of numerous HR legal and administrative tools.

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Dirk Dewettinck

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Clément Helbig de Balzac

Project Director Arcadis Ost 1

Joining Parkwind in 2011 as a project finance specialist and he was heavily involved in the financing and construction of Northwind and Nobelwind. Thereafter, as project finance manager, he led the financing process of Northwester 2 and the refinancing of three operational offshore wind farms of the Parkwind portfolio. He is also involved in business development projects for his expertise lies in financing processes, construction contract negotiation, contracting strategy and development and construction management.

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Edward Van Melkebeek

Head of Technology

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Mathias Van Steenwinkel

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Kristof Verlinden

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Pieter Marinus

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Peter Caluwaerts

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Eric Antoons

co-CEO

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François Van Leeuw

co-CEO

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Paul Tummers

CFO

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