China Re Corp. announced the launch of a renewable energy consortium at Lloyd’s, focused on project specific reinsurance for the construction and operation of offshore wind farms in mainland China.
China Re’s Syndicate 2088 manages and co-leads the consortium along with Canopius Syndicate 4444 and Travelers Syndicate 5000. It is also supported by Chaucer Syndicate 1084, a member of the China Re Group; AXIS Syndicate 1686, and GCube Underwriting Ltd.
The consortium covers construction all risks (CAR), erection all risks (EAR) and third-party liability (TPL) and can provide capacity of up to US$225 million per risk.
The offshore sector in China has benefited in recent years from a commitment by President Xi Jinping to provide US$360 billion to renewable power development by 2020, explained China Re in a statement. This is intended to improve health and reduce CO2 emissions which, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency, will provide savings of more than US$55 billion a year to the Chinese economy.
“We are tremendously proud to be launching this consortium. It’s the first of its kind, enabling international involvement in the Chinese renewable energy market and a great example of the collaboration that exists between the London and Chinese markets,” said Janet Helson, CEO of China Re Underwriting Agency 2088.
Oliver Litterick, renewable energy underwriter at China Re Syndicate 2088, commented: “China is investing heavily in renewable energy so there is a compelling opportunity for Lloyd’s to be involved. This consortium will be able to access China Re’s domestic client base of offshore wind specialists to bring this new and diverse premium to the London market.”
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