CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Duke Energy International (DEI), a subsidiary of Duke Energy Corporation, is pleased to announce the acquisition of CGE Group's Iberoamericana de Energía Ibener S.A. (Ibener) subsidiary in Chile, including hydroelectric generating assets with 140 megawatts of installed capacity, for $415 million.
"Chile is an attractive market to grow our business and these assets are an excellent addition to our existing South American hydroelectric power plants," said Andrea Bertone, President, Duke Energy International.
As part of the transaction, DEI has acquired two run-of-river hydroelectric powerplants Peuchén and Mampil with combined installed capacity of 140 megawatts. The hydroelectric stations use the water from the Duqueco River (VIII region). The electricity generated from these stations feeds into the Central SIC grid at the Charrúa 220 Kv transmission system.
Citigroup and Banchile Citi acted as DEI's advisors on the transaction. In the first quarter 2013, DEI expects to close on a secured financing from a group of local banks for around half of the purchase price.
"We will continue to evaluate additional growth projects in Latin American countries, like Chile, where there is strong growth potential and a stable regulatory system," added Bertone.
DEI has been operating in Chile since July of 2012, when it acquired the Yungay plant (formerly known as the Campanario plant), a 240 megawatt diesel generating facility. Chile is now the fourth largest country in terms of generating capacity for Duke Energy's international operations.
Duke Energy International
Duke Energy International owns, operates or has substantial interests in approximately 4,600 megawatts of generation, all in Latin America. Approximately 70 percent of this capacity is hydroelectric and is highly contracted.
Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with more than $100 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.1 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.