Orrick Advises GE Energy Financial Services in Sale of Stake in CPV Towantic Energy Center
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GE Energy Financial Services in the sale of its interest in Sandy Creek Holdings, which held one of the largest coal-fired power plants in Texas.
ContourGlobal in the acquisition, refurbishment and financing of a dual fuel/gas-fired 53 MW plant in Dakar, Senegal.
Ares in a $50 million construction loan financing portfolio of energy storage facilities owned by Green Charge Networks in California, which benefits from the CPUC’s Self-Generation Incentive Program.
Actis on the acquisition of a majority interest in three power assets in Cameroon for $220 million.
Alstom in its negotiation of the $13.5 billion offer by GE to acquire Alstom’s power equipment unit.
The Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia in the financing of two advanced nuclear reactors, with a total capacity of 2,204 MW, at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant in Georgia. This marks the first expansion of nuclear power in the United States after more than 30 years.
Toyoink Group Berhad, as project sponsor, on the development and financing of a 2 x 1,000 MW $2.6 billion coal-fired thermal power plant BOT project in Vietnam.
An independent power producer backed by global infrastructure funds in the acquisition through competitive investment bank run auction of three gas-fired power plants in California: the Goal Line, Kingsburg Cogeneration and Colton Power projects.