Marubeni-led group closes N.J. power plant deal

September 14, 2016

Source: Sparkspread


A group of investors led by a subsidiary of Marubeni Corp. has closed on the acquisition from LS Power of a majority interest in a New Jersey power plant. 


In the deal, subsidiaries of Marubeni, Ullico Investment Advisors, Inc.; Prudential Financial, Inc.; Arctic Slope Regional Corp., and Sumitomo Corp. acquired West Deptford, a 669 MW combined-cycle gas turbine power plant. 


LS Power, which was advised on the sale by Credit Suisse and Whitehall Capital Markets, is retaining an interest in the facility. 


Marubeni, which acquired a 35% interest, was advised by Dentons; ASRC was advised by Munger Tolles & Olson; Prudential was advised by Baker Botts; Sumitomo subsidiary Perennial Power Holdings was advised by Norton Rose Fulbright; and Ullico used an internal legal counsel. 


"We are excited at the opportunity to be investing in a major power operation in the PJM market, and we look forward to working with LS Power and the other operating partners," Shigenobu Hamada, president of Perennial Power, said in a statement. 


The West Deptford plant is located just east of Philadelphia in the supply-constrained Eastern Mid-Atlantic Area Council (EMAAC) region. 


The water-cooled plant entered commercial operation in November 2014 and operates under a five-year revenue put energy hedge provided by Morgan Stanley, covering 75% of nameplate capacity.