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H.I.G. Infrastructure acquires controlling interest in Northern Biogas

H.I.G. Infrastructure acquires controlling interest in Northern Biogas
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In the United States (US), H.I.G. Infrastructure, a part of H.I.G. Capital LLC (H.I.G.), a leading global alternative investment firm with over US$50 billion of equity capital under management, has announced that it has acquired a controlling interest in compatriot Northern Biogas, LLC (Northern Biogas), a leading waste-to-renewable natural gas (RNG).

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Based in Morgantown, West Virginia (WV), Northern Biogas is a waste-to-renewable natural gas (RNG) company that designs, builds, owns, operates, services, and maintains anaerobic digesters (AD) and RNG (aka biomethane) facilities across the US.

Specializing in the development, construction, and operation of RNG facilities, these represent sustainable, clean energy solutions for waste generated from dairies, landfills, and other facilities producing organic waste, including food waste to provide sustainable, clean energy used to displace the consumption of fossil fuels.

We are delighted to be partnering with this uniquely capable management team in a dynamic part of the renewables market. The commercial opportunity is immense, and we look forward to supporting the company and the team in its growth, said George Watts, Managing Director with H.I.G. Infrastructure.

Own proprietary designs

Northern Biogas has successfully deployed its own proprietary AD designs and operates the Middleton, Wisconsin (WI) RNG facility, a joint venture with EnTech Solutions.

Here manure and waste from dairy cows are converted to RNG through an anaerobic digestion (AD) process.

Furthermore, the company has recently received final approval to commence the execution of its next two dairy RNG projects and is actively developing a number of other landfill, dairy, and food waste RNG projects across the country.

We appreciate H.I.G.’s confidence in our business plan and are excited to partner with H.I.G. as we continue to execute our development pipeline of dairy, landfill, and food waste RNG projects. We are solidly positioned to provide rapid, best-in-class service to our customers and partners, given our unique combination of development experience, in-house technical knowledge, and full-scale, proven construction and operation expertise, all of which are now supported by H.I.G., an outstanding financial partner, said Chris Akers, CEO of Northern Biogas.

We have a strong commitment to facilitating the transition to a clean energy economy, and Northern Biogas is an excellent example of our approach to investing in sustainable, critical infrastructure. This investment is a strong addition to our existing portfolio of the middle market, value-add infrastructure companies, added Ed Pallesen, Co-head of H.I.G. Infrastructure.

Sidley Austin LLP served as legal counsel to H.I.G. while Vinson and Elkins LLP served as legal counsel to Northern Biogas on the transaction the value of which has not been disclosed.

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