Calpine Completes Purchase of Guadalupe Power Plant in Texas for $625 Million
Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN) has completed the acquisition of a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant located in Guadalupe County, 30 miles northeast of San Antonio, Texas, in ERCOT's south zone. Calpine purchased the plant, which has a nameplate generating capacity of 1,050 megawatts, from MinnTex Power Holdings, LLC (a portfolio company owned by a private investment fund managed by Wayzata Investment Partners LLC) for $625 million plus adjustments, or approximately $595 per kilowatt.
'The addition of Guadalupe Energy Center to our fleet at a discount to replacement cost, and at a time when electric demand in ERCOT is increasing and the reserve margin is tightening, demonstrates our commitment to making disciplined capital allocation decisions to drive shareholder value,' said Calpine's Chief Executive Officer Jack Fusco. 'I am pleased to welcome our new employees at Guadalupe who have so ably demonstrated operational excellence in keeping with Calpine's industry-leading standards.'
The Guadalupe acquisition was funded with a $425 million incremental Term Loan B at Calpine Construction Finance Company, L.P. (CCFC) and cash on hand. The add-on to CCFC's existing 8.5-year, first lien senior secured term loan priced at LIBOR plus 250 basis points and was offered to investors at an issue price of 98.75%.
Guadalupe Energy Center is located on a 110-acre site and includes two 525 megawatt generation blocks, each consisting of two GE 7FA combustion turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and one GE steam turbine.
Calpine Corporation generates more electricity than any other independent power producer in America, with a fleet of 94 power plants in operation or under construction, representing more than 29,000 megawatts of generation capacity. Serving customers in 20 states and Canada, we specialize in developing, constructing, owning and operating natural gas-fired and renewable geothermal power plants that use advanced technologies to generate power in a low-carbon and environmentally responsible manner. Our clean, efficient, modern and flexible fleet is uniquely positioned to benefit from the secular trends affecting our industry, including the abundant and affordable supply of clean natural gas, stricter environmental regulation, aging power generation infrastructure and the increasing need for dispatchable power plants to successfully integrate intermittent renewables into the grid. We focus on competitive wholesale power markets and advocate for market-driven solutions that result in nondiscriminatory forward price signals for investors. Please visit www.calpine.com to learn more about why Calpine is a generation ahead - today.
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