Statkraft acquires hydropower projects in Turkey

Published Mar 19, 2009
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Statkraft and Global Investment Holdings, a Turkish diversified holding company, have signed an agreement to transfer hydropower projects to Statkraft.

Under the agreement Statkraft acquires Yesil Enerji, a company with controlling interests in seven hydropower projects in Turkey. The potential of the project portfolio is an annual generation capacity of more than 2 TWh. The agreement is Statkraft’s first in Turkey.

Statkraft acquires 95 per cent of Yesil Enerji, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Investment Holdings. Yesil Enerji holds controlling interests in seven hydropower projects with a combined installed capacity of 633 MW and an annual generation capacity of 2.1 TWh. Development and construction of the seven hydropower plants is expected to require a total investment of EUR 600–700 million.

One of the hydropower projects, a 20 MW facility, is under construction and scheduled for completion around the end of this year. Development of the other projects can start in 2010 at the earliest.

Four of the hydropower projects hold generation licenses from the Energy Management Regulatory Authority of Turkey (EMRA), and the remaining two are in the final stages of obtaining such permits.

"We are extremely pleased with this agreement. Statkraft will be taking over a portfolio of profitable hydropower projects, which will provide Turkey with more clean energy – while establishing a foothold for Statkraft in the Turkish market, which is in the process of becoming integrated into the European energy market", says Bård Mikkelsen, President and CEO of Statkraft.

The transaction and transfer of the shares is expected to take place in June this year. Closing is subject to certain condition precedents set forth in the Sale Agreement, as well as certain regulatory approvals, including the approval of EMRA.

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