GDF SUEZ Energy Services Acquires Utilicom Group and Creates the Largest District Energy Company in the UK

By Cofely, PRNE
Thursday, May 6, 2010

LONDON, May 7, 2010 - GDF SUEZ Energy Services has announced the acquisition of the Utilicom
Group*, following a purchase agreement with the IDEX Group for IDEX Energy UK
Limited and its subsidiaries. This strategic investment will create COFELY
District Energy Ltd, the UK's largest district energy company.

COFELY District Energy Ltd, which will form part of COFELY's existing UK
Energy Services business stream, will generate 35 MW of low carbon
electricity, operate 245 MW of boiler plant, 74 MW of chilled capacity and
manage 50 km of district heating and cooling pipework.

COFELY District Energy Ltd will manage a wide range of projects in the
UK, including :

    - Southampton District Energy Scheme

    - Birmingham District Energy Scheme

    - London Olympic Park and Stratford City

    - The Whitehall CHP scheme

The Utilicom Group and its subsidiaries annually deliver over 33,000
tonnes of CO2 emission reductions, predominantly through combined heat and
power (CHP) schemes, meeting the varied heat, cooling and power demands of
many of the UK's most prominent city centres through district energy

Wilfrid Petrie, chairman of GDF SUEZ Energy Services Ltd, commented:
"District energy schemes are already making a significant contribution to
reducing the UK's carbon emissions and this is an area that is set to grow
rapidly in the coming years. The newly formed COFELY District Energy Ltd will
bring together some of the UK's most exciting and prestigious district energy
schemes from the COFELY and Utilicom portfolios. COFELY District Energy Ltd
is ideally placed to not only develop the services offered to existing
customers but also extend these offerings to a wider customer base. It will
also pave the way for COFELY's further expansion into this rapidly developing
sector of the market where across Europe the Group already operates in excess
of 110 district energy schemes."

Alain Planchot, President of IDEX: "Our strategy of promoting renewable
energy solutions also requires to focus our human and financial resources. We
have thus decided to concentrate our development on the French market. I am
sure that Utilicom Group will continue its success story, started two decades
ago, within its new Group."

May 2010

COFELY operates over 110 district heating and cooling systems in Europe,
including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Lisbon, Monaco and Paris. GDF SUEZ Energy
Services meets the long-term energy needs of businesses and public
authorities thanks to technological know-how that emphasizes renewable energy
and respect for the environment.

* The UK businesses within Utilicom Group include: Utilicom Ltd,
Southampton Geothermal Heating Company Ltd, Birmingham District Energy
Company Ltd, Bloomsbury Heat & Power Ltd, ICE UK Ltd and Residential Heat &
Power Ltd.


COFELY is Europe's leader in energy and environmental efficiency
services, designing and implementing solutions to help businesses and public
authorities make better use of energy, whilst reducing environmental impacts.
COFELY offers a unique combination of service expertise, from the design,
installation and management of local & renewable energy solutions, to the
operational delivery of integrated facilities services.

COFELY is part GDF SUEZ Energy Services, the European leader in
multitechnical services which employs 77,000 people with a turnover of
EUR13.6 billion in 2009. GDF SUEZ Energy Services is one of the six business
lines of GDF SUEZ, one of the leading energy providers in the world, active
across the entire energy chain in electricity and natural gas, upstream to
downstream. The Group employs 200,000 people worldwide, with a turnover of
EUR79.9 billion in 2009.

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