Estonian investors have been showing interest in investing into energy sector for the last couple of years. Previously investors from Finland, Norway, France and Germany have invested into energy sector more daringly. Good example in that field would be buyout of heating supplier from French investors in Tallinn and VKG investments in Virumaa with local investors.
There are not so many investments opportunities at the moment and investors are waiting for Eesti Energia next steps. Currently the shale oil burning with 30% of efficiency is slowly been replaced with oil production, where bypass product gas will be burnt for electricity production. Those investments need capital and should be done in syndicate with investors.
Changes have been made also in Eesti Gaas gas group. Last year the supply infrastructure was separated from the in to new company AS Gaasivõrgud and will offer only supply services. With the building of LNG new terminal there is also need for upgrade in gas infrastructure and will offer many interesting investing opportunities. There is already a possibility to buy some existing gas infrastructure company.
The investment into heating companies has been held back due to the Competition Agency restrictions for 7-8% yield margin. There will be several new adjustments into heating laws e.g. 2 tariff price, motivating for the owners to invest into companies, fixing the price for only big infrastructure areas, etc. There might be a market change from big heating infrastructure to more local smaller heating solutions, which will need investments.
In the following year investors should be read to invest into energy sector.
Aivar Ljaš, Investment Agency OÜ development manager
Phone: +372 51 12 903