NTE Energy, a US-based power developer and energy services provider, announced today that its affiliate NTE Ohio, LLC (NTE), has successfully closed $645 million in project financing for construction and operation of its Middletown Energy Center.
Financing includes NTE’s partners, Capital Dynamics and Wattage Finance-OH, LLC, providing $243 million in equity commitments and a group of 7 financial institutions, led by BNP Paribas and Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Banks, providing $402 million in various senior secured credit facilities.
“The project’s successful financing exemplifies the accomplishments of our team and partners, and is an important milestone in our mission to bring reliable, efficient, and clean power to the United States.”
The Middletown Energy Center, located in Butler County, Ohio, will be a state-of-the-art 475 MW natural gas-fired electric generating facility that will sell capacity into the PJM wholesale electricity market. The facility will be one of the most efficient and clean sources of capacity and energy in PJM, employing Mitsubishi’s GAC turbine technology in a combined-cycle configuration.
Gemma Power Systems, LLC will build the facility under an Engineering, Procurement and Construction Services contract and NTE Energy Services Company, LLC will be the construction and asset manager. The facility will strongly benefit the community’s economy by providing approximately 300-400 jobs during construction, and 25-30 full-time positions during operation. Once operational, the Middletown Energy Center will supply the power needs of approximately 400,000 homes, with commercial operation expected to begin in 2018.
Seth Shortlidge, CEO of NTE Energy, said:
“NTE is excited to work with this prominent group of lenders and industry leaders on the Middletown Energy Center. The project’s successful financing exemplifies the accomplishments of our team and partners, and is an important milestone in our mission to bring reliable, efficient, and clean power to the United States.”
John Breckenridge, Managing Director at Capital Dynamics, said:
“Capital Dynamics is excited to be working with our partners, NTE, Guggenheim and this world class bank consortium on the financing and construction of the Middletown Energy Center. This project is an important element of our global Clean Energy and Infrastructure strategy platform and is another example of our team investing in high quality projects and management teams to bring development stage, power assets to fruition.”
Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Banks (Administrative Agent) and BNP Paribas (Syndication Agent), acted as the Coordinating Lead Arrangers in developing syndication of 7 total institutions to finance the project.
Nixon Peabody and Pierce Atwood served as NTE’s project counsel.