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Green Investment Group completes investment in Irish waste-to-energy plant

US-headed waste management major Covanta Holding Corporation (Covanta) has announced that the Green Investment Group Ltd (GIG), part of Macquarie Group (Macquarie) has closed on its investment in the Dublin waste-to-energy project.

Located in Poolbeg, in Dublin Port, Ireland, the Dublin Waste-to-Energy facility will treat up to 600 000 tonnes per annum of municipal solid waste (MSW) that cannot be reused or recycled (photo courtesy Covanta).

As an initial step of the joint venture (JV), announced on December 18, 2017, GIG agreed to invest EUR 136 million for a 50 percent equity stake in the project. Covanta retains ownership of the remaining 50 percent of the project and will continue to operate and maintain the Dublin facility.

Covanta initially expects to use the proceeds from the transaction to reduce debt outstanding. As projects in the joint venture’s combined UK development pipeline move to construction, the funds will be available to meet Covanta’sportion of project equity obligations.

Closing this transaction enables Covanta to meet a number of strategic goals, including providing funding for our development efforts and improving our balance sheet. This transaction further highlights our ability to recycle capital at attractive returns, which we believe is a strategy that we can leverage in the future. We are excited to have GIG as a partner in this world-class facility and look forward to providing a sustainable waste solution and renewable electricity to Dublin for decades to come, said Stephen Jones, President and CEO, Covanta.

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