Globeleq Acquires Nicaraguan Wind Energy Project

Globeleq acquires 44 MW Nicaraguan wind farm. The wind power project will use 22 Gamesa 2.0 MW G90 wind turbines, and wind energy will be sold through two 20-year PPA to Gas Natural of Spain.

Globeleq Generation Limited (Globeleq), the emerging markets power company, announced the acquisition of the 44 MW Eolo wind turbines project in Nicaragua further establishing the company as the leading renewable energy company in the Central American region.

Through Globeleq’s majority owned subsidiary, Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy (Wind) Limited (GME Wind), the company has purchased 100% of the interest in Eolo de Nicaragua S.A which has been developing the project.

Eolo is located in the province of Rivas on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, about 125 kms south of the capital Managua. Using 22 x 2.0 MW Gamesa G90 wind turbine generators, electricity will be sold through two 20-year PPAs to the privately owned Distribuidora Electricidad de Sur S.A. (DISSUR) and Distribuidora Electricidad de Norte S.A. (DISNORTE), both subsidiaries of Gas Natural of Spain. Eolo will also construct a new substation and interconnection lines to enable connection to the national grid. Project debt financing is provided by FMO, The Netherlands Development Finance Company, which also acted as the lead arranger; Proparco, the private sector investment arm of the French development body Agence Francaise de Developpement; and DEG, Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH.

"The addition of another quality renewable wind project enhances our position as the leading wind power producer in Central America." said Mikael Karlsson, Globeleq’s CEO, making reference to its operating wind farms in Costa Rica and Honduras; adding: "The Eolo project enables us to harness a natural and clean resource which will have significant and long term economic and environmental benefits for Nicaragua." Eolo is in the final stages of its submission as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the Kyoto Protocol which will enable it to earn carbon credits to sell into the international carbon trading markets.

Jay Gallegos, General Manager and Legal Representative for GME Wind commented: "Our renewable energy experience in the region is unparalleled and this will ensure a successful and efficient completion of the Eolo project. Civil construction works such as land clearing and road work have already begun and we anticipate testing and operation of the turbines will be complete by the beginning of 2013." Land rights, environmental and local construction permits have already been obtained. GME Wind will communicate regularly with all stakeholders on the progress of the project.

Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy (Wind) Limited (GME Wind) is a company dedicated to the development, construction and operation of the Eolo wind project in Nicaragua. It receives support from its shareholders, Globeleq Generation Limited and Mesoamerica Power.

Globeleq Generation Limited is an Actis portfolio company and is an experienced operating power company, actively developing energy solutions for the emerging markets of Africa and the Americas. The company develops economically sustainable projects that support the continued development of the electric power sector in these regions.

Mesoamerica Power is a Central American investment group focused on the development of renewable energy in the region. Mesoamerica Power is managed by Mesoamerica, the leading private equity mergers and acquisitions and strategic consulting firm in Central America and the Andean Region.

By José Santamarta,