Global law firm White & Case LLP is representing Empresa de Generación Huallaga S.A., as borrower, and Odebrecht Energia S.A., as sponsor, in the development, construction and project financing of the US$1.2 billion 406 megawatt (MW) Chaglla hydroelectric power generation project in Peru. The deal signed on July 5, 2013.
"Our ability to draw on a team of specialist lawyers from across White & Case's global network enabled us to address the complexities that were presented when structuring this transaction," said Art Scavone, head of White & Case’s Global Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance practice.
The run-of-the-river plant is being constructed on the Huallaga River in the Chaglla and Chinchao districts of the department of Huánaco. The project consists of a 400 MW main power plant and a 6 MW auxiliary plant, a 127 kilometer long, 220 kilovolt transmission line, 34 kilometers of permanent access roads, a 202 meter concrete faced rockfill dam, a surface powerhouse and diversion, spillway and headrace tunnels.
"White & Case has been at the forefront of leading energy and infrastructure projects across Latin America and this deal is a prime example of our work," said Someera Khokhar, Americas regional section head of White & Case’s Global Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance practice. "The Chaglla Project will significantly impact Peru’s economic development and create thousands of jobs while also increasing Peru’s electric generation capacity needed for Peru’s rapidly growing economy."
The project financing raised a total of US$774 million in senior secured debt commitments, led by two anchor agency lenders (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social - BNDES from Brazil and the Inter-American Development Bank), with the participation of six additional commercial banks. The financing structure provides for a number of unique features for a project of this type, including limited contingent equity sponsor support and no completion guaranty.
"We are honored to have played a role in this fundamentally important, groundbreaking, clean energy project in Peru," said Carlos Viana, White & Case’s lead partner on the project. “Once completed in 2016, this project will be Peru’s third largest hydropower facility and will provide approximately 13 percent of the country’s installed hydropower."
The borrower's and sponsor's legal teams were led by in-house counsel Ricardo Weyll and the White & Case team was led by partner Carlos Viana, with assistance from partners Richard Burke, Ian Cuillerier, Sean Goldstein, Fernando de la Hoz, Richard Horsch and Raymond Simon; counsel Steven Ross and associates Thomas Pate, Lauran Guijarro, Seth Kerschner and Donal Luna.
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