Andrew Forrest and Mike Cannon-Brookes could both miss out


Each Cannon-Brookes and Forrest have been manoeuvring into positions to enhance their possibilities. Grok has prolonged a $65 million line of credit score to the corporate to tide it over, whereas Forrest has been busy shopping for out collectors – a transfer that will give him higher leverage within the occasion the choice goes to a vote of collectors.


Nonetheless, the final word choice will come down to cost.

The directors are preserving their playing cards near their chest and haven’t handed any clues to who else has joined within the bidding course of – solely that there are ‘others’ alongside Forrest and Cannon-Brookes.

Nonetheless, well-sourced hypothesis says the curiosity has come from each offshore and home gamers which are institutional traders. This might imply contestants might be giant infrastructure funds on a superannuation consortium.

So, the billionaires might have a combat on their palms with bidders boasting deep pockets.

The centrepiece of the Cannon-Brookes/Forrest dispute is what to do with the vitality generated by the huge photo voltaic farm. The unique concept was to promote it to Singapore – a plan that concerned constructing the undersea cable.

However Forrest wasn’t having any of that, both as a result of the economics of this piece of infrastructure didn’t add up, or he wished to maintain the ability on shore to provide a inexperienced hydrogen mission of his personal. In all probability each.

He additionally wasn’t on board with Solar Cable’s administration and wished it changed.

For his half, Cannon-Brookes wished to proceed with Solar Cable’s authentic plans however wished to take action with ‘constructive’ companions. He has reportedly already discovered a co-investor to accomplice with within the bidding course of however has not revealed its id.


However there are nonetheless quite a few query marks over the mission – not the least of which is whether or not Singapore will signal as much as purchase Solar Cable’s renewable vitality.

Whereas media reviews final month stated Singapore’s plans to import 4GW of renewable vitality by 2035 had been on observe, additionally they reported Solar Cable was not a part of these discussions.

Solar Cable might rejoin the fray however critics of the Solar Cable mission consider Singapore might select to seek out nearer suppliers from elsewhere in Asia.

In the meantime, the profitable bid for Solar Cable will likely be revealed in Could.

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