New Fortress Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: NFE) (“NFE”) announced today that it, along with its joint venture partner Ebrasil Energia Ltda. (“Ebrasil”), has closed the sale of the Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe (“CELSE”) Power Plant to Brazilian power company Eneva S.A. (“Eneva”). The transaction was initially announced by NFE on June 1, 2022.
Pursuant to the transaction, Eneva acquired 100% of the shares of Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe Participações S.A. (“CELSEPAR”), the NFE-Ebrasil joint venture that had held the equity interests of the CELSE Power Plant, and 100% of the shares of Centrais Elétricas Barra dos Coqueiros S.A. (“CEBARRA”), which owns 1.7 GW of expansion rights adjacent to the CELSE Power Plant.
“The closing of this transaction further deleverages and simplifies our capital structure and marks another significant step toward our goal of an investment grade credit rating,” said Wes Edens, Chairman and CEO of NFE. “We are pleased to redeploy these proceeds toward the capital needs of our Fast LNG program and downstream LNG projects worldwide, internally funding our strategic growth initiatives to serve our customers’ needs amid a structurally short global LNG market.”
A portion of the proceeds from the sale was used to pay off the entire outstanding balance of – and fully retire – the Standby Guarantee and Credit Facility Agreement with GE Capital EFS Financing Inc., while Eneva will assume the outstanding debt obligations of CELSE, itself a 100% owned subsidiary of CELSEPAR.
Energos Infrastructure (“Energos”), the joint venture platform established between Apollo (NYSE: APO) and NFE, will continue to operate the Golar Nanook, a floating storage and regasification unit (“FSRU”) that remains chartered to CELSE for use at the CELSE Power Plant for more than 20 years.
About New Fortress Energy
New Fortress Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: NFE) is a global energy infrastructure company founded to help address energy poverty and accelerate the world’s transition to reliable, affordable, and clean energy. The company owns and operates natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure, ships and logistics assets to rapidly deliver turnkey energy solutions to global markets. Collectively, the company’s assets and operations seek to support global energy security, enable economic growth, enhance environmental stewardship, and transform local industries and communities around the world.
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