TORONTO – The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board will pay nearly $1.4 billion to become the largest partner in the Corrib offshore natural gas field, 83 kilometres off the coast of Ireland.
The Toronto-based fund manager will initially buy a 45 per cent interest in the project from a unit of the Shell energy business for 830 million British pounds.
After that deal closes, CPPIB plans to transfer a 1.5 per cent interest in the project to Calgary-based Vermilion Energy Inc. (TSX:VET), for 19.4 million pounds (C$32.2 million).
Following the transactions, Vermilion will have a 20 per cent interest in Corrib and be its operator. Norway’s Statoil ASA would continue to have a 36.5 per cent interest in Corrib and CPPIB will have the remaining 43.5 per cent.
The CPP Fund, managed by the CPPIB for the Canada Pension Plan, was worth about $316.7 billion as of March 31. Corrib will be managed by CPPIB’s natural resources group, which had investments worth $4.3 billion as of March 31.
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the CPP Fund had $316.7 million in assets.