GE Energy Financial Services has announced that it has secured US$150 million project financing to refinance and expand the Los Guindos open-cycle thermoelectric power plant in central Chile, which has been in operation since July 2015 at 139 MW capacity.
Energy Finance & Investment News in Central and South America
Canadian Solar Inc. has announced that it won three solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Brazil's A-4 auction that was held on 4 April 2018. The projects have with a total installed capacity of 364 MWp.
MPC Capital, an international real assets investment manager headquartered in Hamburg, has announced a joint venture with Martifer Renewables, a developer of wind and solar energy projects. The venture will focus on developing and supporting distributed generation and utility-scale solar photovoltaic and wind renewable energy projects throughout Colombia.
Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy has announced that 44 of the 97 projects awarded in its Avançar Energia programme has been completed, adding 1,028 MW of installed capacity to the National Generator Park (Parque Gerador Nacional).
The Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) of the Government of Peru has signed a Framework Cooperation Agreement with the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) in order to promote planning and action on energy efficiency, as well as the generation and use of renewable energies, with the aim of stimulating sustainable economic and energy development in Peru.
The World Bank (WB) Board of Executive Directors has approved a new US$250 million guarantee for projects being developed under the Argentine Ministry of Energy and Mining’s RenovAr Program, via the Renewable Energy Fund (FODER, in Spanish).
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Amundi, Europe’s largest asset manager, have announced the successful launch of the world’s largest targeted green bond fund focused on emerging markets, the Amundi Planet Emerging Green One (EGO).
Brookfield Infrastructure has announced that it has completed the sale of its approximate 27.8% interest in ETC Transmission Holdings, S.L. to China Southern Power Grid International (HK) Co., Ltd. for US$1.3 billion.
Argentina's Minister of Energy, Juan José Aranguren, has reportedly disclosed that the Ministry will launch the third tender in its RenovAr programme in September or October this year. The tender will be similar in scope and format to that of Round 2, through which the Ministry awarded contracts for 1.4 GW renewable capacity in November 2017.
Renova Energia SA has announced that it has received from Brookfield Energia Renovável SA, the Brazilian subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, a new binding proposal replacing the primary contribution offer made in November 2017.
Aguas Chañar, the company that manages the production and distribution of potable water and the collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater in the region of Atacama in northern Chile, has awarded ACCIONA Energía a Power Purchase Agreement for its main facilities, concerning 100% renewable energy generated by the company in Chile.
KfW IPEX-Bank has announced that it is participating in financing the 2.4 GW Ituango hydropower plant in the department of Antioquia in Colombia. KfW IPEX-Bank is loaning the project owner Empresas Públicas de Medellin E.S.P US$100 million, structured as a project-related corporate loan.
The Ministry of Energy and Mining of the Government of Argentina has instructed the boards of state companies Energía Argentina SA (Enarsa) and Emprendimientos Energéticos Binacionales SA (Ebisa) to promote and adopt all acts, actions and corporate collections necessary to proceed to a merger by absorption.
The government of São Paulo has resumed the partial privatisation of Companhia Energetica de São Paulo (CESP), the utility company responsible for approximately 58% of the energy generated in the state, and for almost 12% of the total power produced in Brazil, making it the third largest in the country.
Invenergy has announced that its La Jacinta Solar project, located in the Salto Department of Uruguay, issued a 24.5-year investment-grade rated project bond for approximately US$64.75 million in the U.S. Private Placement Market. The bond was rated Baa3 by Moody’s.
The Administrative Council of Engie Brasil Energia SA has approved borrowing BRL1.04 billion (US$ 329.4 million) from Brazil's National Development Bank (BNDES), to support the development of the 327.7 MW Campo Largo Phase 1 wind project. No further details about the deal have been disclosed.
IPPToday #143: President of Brazil submits bill for US$3.8 billion privatisation of Eletrobras to Congress
The President of Brazil, Michel Terner, has advanced the privatisation of state-owned power company Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras SA, commonly known as Eletrobras, by submitting a bill defining the terms of the sale to Congress. The bill states that the company will be privatised through a capital increase, with an option for a secondary offering of government shares (currently 52%).
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, with support from the Government of Canada, has completed an US$80 million financing package for the construction and operation of a new, grid-connected, 50 MW wind farm in the Dominican Republic.
Building Energy SpA, multinational company operating as a global integrated IPP in the renewable energy industry, has announced the constitution of Building Energy Andes SpA, a joint venture with Scotta Group aimed to the development, construction and operation of renewable energy assets in Chile.
IDB Invest, the private investment arm of the Inter-American Development Bank, has signed a US$1 billion senior, unsecured A/B loan package to Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) to fund the construction of the 2.4 GW Ituango hydroelectric plant, to be the largest hydropower project in Colombia.