Kyuden International and West Japan Engineering Consultants, Inc’s Acquisition of Thermochem

Sidley Austin LLP represented Kyuden International Corporation and West Japan Engineering Consultants, Inc.

Kyuden International Corporation and West Japan Engineering Consultants, Inc., members of the Kyuden Group, announced the execution of a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of Thermochem, Inc. and PT Thermochem Indonesia (collectively, “Thermochem”).

Thermochem is a consulting company that provides a comprehensive range of testing services, consulting engineering and geoscience services, and specialized instrumentation and equipment products to the geothermal energy industry. Thermochem has also made significant technical contributions to the development and operation of the Sarulla geothermal independent power producer (IPP) project in Indonesia, one of the largest geothermal IPP projects in the world (total output of approximately 330 MW). Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc., the parent company of the Kyuden Group, is one of the sponsors of the Sarulla project. The acquisition of Thermochem will expand the Kyuden Group’s presence and role in the global geothermal power generation sector.

West Japan Engineering Consultants Inc. offers engineering consulting services. The Company offers its services for projects involving thermal, geothermal, diesel, gas turbine combined cycle, wind power, and waste treatment. West Japan Engineering Consultants also conducts nuclear power generation, transmission, and distribution in Japan and overseas.

The Sidley team was led by partner Daniel Lin (Picture,Tokyo) and counsel John Inglis (Tokyo), with support from partners James Mendenhall (Washington, D.C.), Zackary Pullin (Houston), John A. Fisher (Palo Alto), Wendy M. Lazerson (San Francisco), and Howard Stanislawski (Washington, D.C.), and associate Mattie Wheeler (Washington, D.C.).

Involved fees earner: John Fisher – Sidley Austin LLP; John Inglis – Sidley Austin LLP; Wendy Lazerson – Sidley Austin LLP; Daniel Lin – Sidley Austin LLP; James Mendenhall – Sidley Austin LLP; Zackary Pullin – Sidley Austin LLP; Howard Stanislawski – Sidley Austin LLP; Mattie Wheeler – Sidley Austin LLP;

Law Firms: Sidley Austin LLP;

Clients: Kyuden International Corporation; West Japan Engineering Consultants, Inc.;

Author: Michael Patrini