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GIG acquires BayWa r.e.’s bioenergy platform

GIG acquires BayWa r.e.’s bioenergy platform
Co-developed with AcrEnergy and commissioned in 2017, Meden Vale, a former Welbeck colliery site in Nottinghamshire was the first design and build biogas project in the UK for BayWa r.e. Bioenergy (photo courtesy BayWa r.e. Bioenergy).

Macquarie Asset Management’s Green Investment Group Green Ltd (GIG), part of Macquarie Group (Macquarie) has announced that it via its Macquarie GIG Energy Transition Solutions fund, has acquired BayWa r.e. Bioenergy GmbH (BayWa r.e. Bioenergy) from BayWa r.e. AG (BayWa r.e.). 

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Germany-headed BayWa r.e. Bioenergy is a specialist biogas platform. Active across the full asset lifecycle, the business develops, constructs, and operates biogas projects which provide biomethane and power to local energy companies, industrial companies, and energy traders.

Its existing portfolio comprises five operational plants in Germany and a pipeline of development projects located across Italy. The business’s current operational assets produce a total of approximately 140 GWh of biomethane aka renewable natural gas (RNG) annually.

The investment, the value of which has not been disclosed comes as the European Union (EU) looks to rapidly reduce its dependency on imported fossil gas. REPowerEU targets the production of 35 billion cubic metres (bcm) roughly 350 TWh of biomethane by 2030.

Explore opportunities

Meeting this demand is expected to require the construction of 5 000 new biomethane plants across the EU and EUR 80 billion in capital investment.

There are significant tailwinds in the European biomethane sector driven by the circular economy benefits of treating agricultural waste together with the need to decarbonize sectors that are hard to electrify. As a locally produced, direct alternative to fossil fuel-based natural gas, biomethane is an attractive solution for corporate and industrial customers looking to decarbonize, said Chris Archer Co-Head of GIG Europe.

GIG intends to use these positive tailwinds to explore opportunities to grow its presence in Germany, Italy, and other existing and emerging growth markets in Europe.

With its track record and deep technical expertise, BayWa r.e. Bioenergy is already a leader in this rapidly growing sector, and we are excited to work with the business’s current partners to support the platform’s continued growth, Chris Archer said.

GIG Europe will also seek to use the latest technology processes to enhance the platform – which could include the introduction of carbon capture and carbon dioxide (CO2) liquefaction that can be used for food-grade quality CO2.

GIG has played a leading role in driving the net zero transition and is well placed to take BayWa r.e. Bioenergy GmbH and its employees forward and realize their growth potential. BayWa r.e. AG will focus on its core business of electricity generation from wind and solar energy, said Matthias Taft, CEO of BayWa r.e. AG.

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