LS power to acquire 3,500 MW of gas power from Calpine for $1.57B

Source:LS Power Equity Advisors, LLC

LS Power agrees to acquire 3,500 MW of gas-fired power generation facilities in the Southeast from Calpine for $1.57 billion in cash (Pictured: Gas-fired combined cycle Santa Rosa Energy Center in Pace, FL)

U.S. power and energy infrastructure owner, LS Power Equity Advisors, LLC (LS Power),has signed an agreement to acquire approximately 3,500 MW of generation resources in the Southeastern United States, through its affiliate NATGEN Southeast Power, LLC, from Calpine Corporation (Calpine) (NYSE: CPN) for $1.57 billion in cash, subject to working capital and other adjustments. 

The portfolio consists of six combined-cycle generation facilities which use natural gas as the primary fuel source.  These facilities have served numerous investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, cooperatives and other market participants.  The Calpine facilities being acquired include the following:

Carville Energy Center, St. Gabriel, LA        

Hog Bayou Energy Center, Mobile, AL

Columbia Energy Center, Calhoun County, SC  

Oneta Energy Center, Coweta, OK 

Decatur Energy Center, Decatur, AL      

Santa Rosa Energy Center, Pace, FL

"We are pleased to assume ownership of this portfolio of power plants," said Paul Segal, chief executive officer of LS Power.  "The quality of the assets, the outstanding operational track record of the facilities and the skilled plant personnel were all important factors in our decision.  We are committed to making this a smooth transition for the dedicated professionals operating these facilities and their communities. These projects have been reliably serving wholesale power customers in the Southeast for a number of years and we look forward to continuing to provide value for our growing base of customers."

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014, pending receipt of necessary regulatory approvals and third-party consents.

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