Transmisión de Electricidad’s $56.4 Million Wind-Powered Electric Facility Project Financing

Shearman & Sterling advised lenders and facility agent on the deal.

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO), DEG – Deutsche Investitions- Und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG) and Société De Promotion Et De Participation Pour La Coopération Economique S.A. (PROPARCO) acted as lenders, and FMO, as facility agent on the $56.4 million financing deal for the completion and operation of an approximately 31.5 MW wind-powered electric generating facility in Jutiapa, Guatemala.

The project was financed after the start of commercial operations and the proceeds of the single drawdown of the facility were used primarily to reimburse the sponsor up to the agreed debt-to-equity ratio for excess equity invested in the project during construction.

The new facility will form part of the push to diversify Guatemala’s energy grid, which has significant renewable energy potential but is currently reliant on mostly conventional sources such as fossil fuel and coal. The facility will be owned and operated by Transmisión de Electricidad, S.A, which is part of Grupo Terra.

The Shearman & Sterling team was led by Gregory Tan (Picture), Christian Rudloff, Robert O’leary, and included visiting attorneys Santiago Martinez and Gonzalo Robles.

Involved fees earner: Robert O’Leary – Shearman & Sterling; Christian Rudloff – Shearman & Sterling; Gregory Tan – Shearman & Sterling;

Law Firms: Shearman & Sterling;

Clients: Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH; Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V.; Proparco SA;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti