Scotland business

Power firm Iberdrola rethinks selling UK stake

Image caption Iberdrola had planned to sell a stake in Scottish Power to help reduce debt and share investment

The Spanish owner of Scottish Power has pulled back from selling a stake in its UK business, the BBC understands.

Iberdrola planned to sell a slice of its distribution and grid networks to help reduce debts.

A deal would also have helped to share the cost of up to £8bn of planned investments to upgrade the electricity system in the south of Scotland, north-west England and Wales.

It is understood after the sale of other assets, the UK plan is on hold.

The UK business, trading under the Scottish Power name, is a core asset for Spanish-owned Iberdrola.

Last year, the group sold non-core assets including 32 wind farms in France and a share in a Spanish telecoms operator.

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