SunPower Total offshoot gets project financing
Christina McKeon Frutuoso
Milbank in New York and Carey in Santiago have helped a Chilean energy company owned by France’s Total and US solar energy group SunPower obtain project financing worth US$212 million for a renewables project in northern Chile.
The lenders – which included the Korea Development Bank – relied on Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Chile). The first disbursement took place on 13 August.
Latham & Watkins LLP is thought to have provided counsel to the banks too, but this could not be confirmed prior to publication.
The syndicate of banks have provided credit in three parts: a long-term loan worth US$195 million; a working capital fund worth US$3 million and a debt service facility for US$14 million.
The funds will be used to help construct the Santa Isabel solar plant, which includes an electrical substation, a switchyard and an interconnection line to the Northern Interconnected System power grid (SING).
The plant’s capacity will be around 190 megawatts and construction is expected to start later this year. The energy produced will supply the SING power grid, which constitutes 19% of the nation’s total power. This covers the Arica y Parinacota, Tarapacá and Antofagasta regions.
Counsel to TSGF
Partner Roland Estevez and associates Severine Losembe and Flora González in New York
Partners Felipe Moro, Juan Francisco Mackenna, Juan Pablo Stitchkin and Matías Vergara, and associates Constanza Pelayo, Delia Fontaine, Diego Ibarrola, Fernando Noriega, Javiera Muñoz, Jorge Soto, Kriss Andia, Loreto Ribera, Martín Pérez-Cotapos, Nadia Jara, Rafael Mackay and Sophia Bobadilla in Santiago
Counsel to Banco de Sabadell, BNP Paribas, The Korea Development Bank and Crédit Agricole
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Chile)
Partners Marcela Silva and Marcelo Armas, and associates Daniel Parodi, Catalina Silva, Alejandro Espejo, Santiago Mesías and Vera Yacher in Santiago