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.
Energy Finance & Investment News in Central and South America
Aela Energía, a joint venture of Actis (60%) and Mainstream Renewable Power (40%), has secured project financing for the construction of two wind farms to be located in the Atacama and Los Lagos regions of Chile. Together the projects will contribute installed capacity of 299 MW to the Central Power Grid System.
Total Eren has announced the successful financing of the 97.2 MW Vientos Los Hercules wind project in southern Argentina. Non-recourse senior debt was structured by KfW IPEX-Bank.
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), a professional investment management organization, and Votorantim Energia, the energy subsidiary of Brazil’s Votorantim Group, announced that they have signed agreements to form a new joint venture focusing on investments and developments in the Brazilian power generation sector.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide US$150 million to the renewable energy production company Enel Green Power Peru, a local subsidiary of the Enel group, for the construction and operation of a wind farm and a photovoltaic solar plant currently under construction in the Andean country.
The Power Trading Chamber (CCEE) of Brazil has announced that more than 3,841.6 MW of power supply contracts were awarded in the tender that took place yesterday. Around 572,518,389 MWh were awarded for a total BRL108.46 billion (US$32.96 billion), or an average price of BRL189.45 (US$57.5) per MWh.
ISQ Global Infrastructure Fund II, which is owned by I Squared Capital, an infrastructure private equity firm based in New York, is acquiring the Latin American and Caribbean businesses of Inkia Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IC Power Ltd., for US$1.2 billion.
Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy has announced that the winning projects in the power transmission line auction that took place on Friday 15 December represent BRL8.75 billion (US$2.66 billion) in investments.
The first Latin America ±800 kV UHVDC (Ultrahigh-Voltage Direct Current) Electricity Transmission Line came into operation on December, 12th 2017 which drains energy generated by the Belo Monte Power Plant in Xingu (Pará, North of Brazil) to the National Interconnected System (SIN – Sistema Inter Nacional) in the Southeast region.
Peru’s infrastructure authority ProInversion has awarded a PPP contract for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of a 220 kV transmission line located in the south of the country.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) announced on Wednesday 22 November that it has closed a financial package for the 99 MW La Castellana wind project in Buenos Aires province.
Through Gas Natural Distribución Latinoamérica, Gas Natural Fenosa has agreed the sale of a 59.1% stake in its Colombian gas distribution business Gas Natural SA ESP to the Canadian fund Brookfield Infrastructure.
The National Electric Energy Regulator (Aneel) has been authorized by The Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) to hold two auctions for new power generation projects to be held on December 18, 2017.
The European Union is mulling signing a €18 million (US$ 21 million) financing agreement to support renewable energy in Cuba.
The president of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), Paulo Rabello de Castro, and the vice-president for Countries of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Alexandre Meira da Rosa, have signed an agreement of a conditional credit line worth USD 2.4 billion to fund infrastructure and sustainable energy projects and productive projects of small and medium companies.
The Ministry of Energy and Mining, under a Resolution of the Ministry of Electric Power No. 926/2017, has awarded nine projects for a total of 1,304 MW.
The Brazilian Bank will provide funding for three solar photovoltaic facilities totaling 350 MW of Enel, and a 132 MW project under development by Norwegian companies Scatec Solar and a Statoil.
The Ministry of Energy and Mining has opened the tender for Round 2 of the RenovAr Program in order to promote fulfillment of the targets imposed to achieve 8% participation of renewable energy sources in the electricity grid for December 2017, and 20% for 2025.
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), acting on behalf of the IDB Group, has signed a US$104 million financing package for Greenwind S.A., an affiliate of Pampa Energía S.A. and Castlelake L.P., to construct, operate and maintain the 100 MW Corti Wind Farm in Bahía Blanca, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Latin America Power Ltda (LAP) has issued US$412 million (€347.7 million) in bonds to refinance two wind farm projects located in Chile, the 184.8 MW San Juan and the 46 MW Totoral wind facilities.