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Sale of 40% of Ansaldo Energia to the Chinese group and establishment of joint ventures in China and partnership with Doosan Heavy Industries of Korea
Fondo Strategico Italiano (FSI) and Shanghai Electric (SEC) – a world leader in the manufacture of power generation equipment and other machinery – today signed a long-term strategic agreement that envisages the acquisition by SEC of 40% of Ansaldo Energia (AEN) and the establishment of 2 joint ventures between AEN and SEC for manufacturing of gas turbines for Asian markets and the creation of an R&D centre in Shanghai. On December 2013 FSI acquired from Finmeccanica and First Reserve a 85% stake of AEN.
In details, FSI will sell 40% of AEN to SEC for €400 million. At the same time, two joint ventures between AEN and SEC will be formed in China for manufacturing of gas turbines for Asian markets and the creation of an R&D centre in Shanghai: both synergies with the Genoa plant.
In addition, the R&D centres of Genoa and Shanghai will launch a cooperation project to develop a new gas turbine technology.
The closing of the transaction is expected by the end of the year following approval by government and antitrust authorities.
The strategic partnership with SEC, is the largest Italian – Chinese agreement and could represent a major benchmark of economic relations between the two countries.
The agreement with SEC will enable AEN to launch the development of a new gas turbine technology and to access Asian markets, that are undergoing strong growth and represent 50% of the world market and expanding rapidly. Moreover, it will enable AEN to obtain new orders, with significant impact on turnover and employment:
Besides the strategic agreement FSI - SEC, AEN has signed a partnership with Doosan Heavy Industries of Korea for the further development of AEN technology.
AEN will undertake an R&D technology cooperation initiative with the Korean group to develop a new gas turbine for countries with 60 Hz grids (North America, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Korea). The project will receive partial financing from the South Korean government.
Thanks to the agreement, over the next 7 years AEN will establish a presence in 100% of the markets for gas turbines, with major benefits for the Genoa R&D centre: 100 new engineers hired, 35 in the first year.
These two agreements lay the foundations for AEN to achieve a global leadership position in the gas turbine industry. FSI will remain the leading shareholder of AEN and confirms its goal of seeking a public listing for AEN in the medium term.
Ansaldo Energia is Italy’s largest supplier, installer and service provider for power generation plants and components, a leading international player and one of the finest expressions of Italian technology and innovation in the energy sector. Ansaldo Energia develops contracts that range from the co-design of complete plants, starting with the choice of location, through to project management as EPC Contractor , and from the construction of turbines and generators to the supply of spare parts and the provision of service and maintenance work for in service components based on its own and third party technology.
Shanghai Electric is a leading diversified heavy industrial equipment manufacturing group in China. Headquartered in Shanghai, the Company’s businesses are divided into four segments, namely new energy equipment, high efficiency and clean energy equipment, industrial equipment, and modern services. It is 57.99%-owned by the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the Shanghai Municipality (Shanghai SASAC) and is listed on the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges, with a capitalization of over €5 billion. In 2013 it had over €9 billion in revenues.
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