Globeleq to Provide More Renewable Energy in Central AmericaBy Globeleq Generation Limited, PRNE
Sunday, November 7, 2010
LONDON, November 8, 2010 - Globeleq Generation Limited, the emerging markets power company,
announced the Cerro de Hula (CdH) wind energy plant in Honduras has reached
financial close and that formal notice to proceed with construction has been
Globeleq's majority owned subsidiary, Energias Renovables de Mesoamerica
S.A. (known as Mesoamerica Energy) the owner, operator and leading developer
of wind projects in Central America has been developing the 102 MW CdH wind
energy project through its locally owned entity, Energia Eolicas de Honduras,
S.A. (EEHSA). Once the project becomes operational, it is expected to
generate 6 percent of the country's power.
Globeleq's CEO, Mikael Karlsson noted the importance of having reached
this significant milestone. "Cerro de Hula will be the first wind plant in
Honduras and the largest wind plant in the Central American region. It is a
cornerstone for Globeleq and Mesoamerica Power (its regional partner), in our
strategy to develop the leading renewable energy company in Central America."
EEHSA is working towards registration of CdH as a Clean Development
Mechanism (CDM) project under the Kyoto Protocol. Karlsson added: "The CdH
project reflects Globeleq's commitment to sustainable development and lower
greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to economic growth, social progress
and ensuring the project's environmental objectives are fully met."
The CdH wind plant will consist of 51 x 2 MW Gamesa G87 wind turbines and
will supply the national utility company, Empresa Nacional de Energia
Electrica under a 100 MW, 20-year power purchase agreement. The facility will
be constructed by the Gamesa Wind US LLC and Iberdrola Ingenieria y
Construccion Mexico consortium. Commercial operation is anticipated in early
2012. Non-recourse project financing is provided by the Export-Import Bank of
the United States and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration.
Located 17 km south of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in the municipalities of
Santa Ana and San Buenaventura, the greater project area is spread over
approximately 6,500 hectares. Jay Gallegos, Mesoamerica Energy's Managing
Director commented: "We are all very excited about this project. It marks the
culmination of many years' planning and hard work by a dedicated team.
Extensive environmental requirements have been met and EEHSA has pioneered an
impressive unique land acquisition/leasing program resulting in many
landowners legally owning land for the first time."
About Globeleq Generation Limited
Globeleq is an experienced operating power company, actively developing
energy solutions for the emerging markets of Africa, the Americas and Asia.
The company develops economically sustainable projects that support the
continued development of the electric power sector in these regions.
About Mesoamerica Power
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.
About Mesoamerica Energy
Mesoamerica Energy is a company dedicated to the development,
construction and operation of renewable energy projects in Central America
and adjacent regions. www.mesoamericaenergy.com
Paul York of Globeleq Generation Limited, +506-2293-7000, info at globeleq.com; or Susan Wilkins, +44-(0)207-234-5400, or fax, +44-(0)207-234-5486, for Globeleq Generation Limited
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