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Windtech International May June 2024 issue

 

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Sif Holding NV confirms receipt from Empire Offshore Wind LLC of notice of termination of the Empire Wind 2 monopile contract. Sif was contracted by Empire Offshore Wind to manufacture 54 monopiles and transition pieces for Empire Wind part 1 and 84 monopiles for Empire Wind part 2. Sif was also in exclusive negotiations with Empire Offshore Wind for the manufacture of 84 transition pieces for Empire Wind part 2.
 
Empire Offshore Wind’s termination of the Empire Wind 2 contract means that such previously contracted capacity is removed from Sif’s order book. As a result, Sif’s order book today stands at a total of 550 Kton (including the part of the order book relating to production in Q4 2023) with 210 Kton of this amount pertaining to exclusive negotiations. Production of Empire Wind 2 was scheduled for the period 2025-2026.

Under the terms of the contract for monopiles for Empire Wind 2, Sif is entitled to cancellation fees in the event of early termination of the contract. Equinor will endeavor to fill the gaps in Sif’s production schedule that arise due to the termination of the Empire Wind 2 contract. A successful effort could result in mitigation of the compensation fees to which Sif is entitled under terms of the contract.

The cancellation does not affect the financing of the expansion plans in Rotterdam that are in execution and on schedule. A budget of €328 million for the expansion plans has been secured including €50 million in advance payments by Empire Offshore Wind that were paid in 2022. The part of the advance payments that relates to Empire Wind 2 (€30.5 million) will be converted into a perpetual bond. The bond has no fixed maturity date and can be redeemed by Sif at its principal amount together with accrued and deferred interest at any time at their convenience. There is no risk of a covenant breach because of this cancellation.

The event will have an impact on projected production volumes for 2025 and possibly for 2026. The projected results that Sif announced in conjunction with the final investment decision in February 2023 nevertheless remain unchanged for 2025 (EBITDA of €135 million) due to an expected positive contribution from orderbook rescheduling and cancellation fees. The cancellation will not impact the start-up of the new factory although Sif expects that the ramp-up of production will be less steep than initially planned. Sif is confident that it can successfully fill production volumes for 2026 despite this cancellation and that volume and EBITDA projections for 2026 can be maintained with EBITDA of at least €160 million.
 
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