Macquarie Capital has sold a minority stake in Norte III, a power generation facility in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to InfraRed and Invex. No financial terms were disclosed. As a result of the transaction, InfraRed and Invex now hold a 35.5 percent and 10 percent stake, respectively, in Norte III. Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP advised Macquarie on the sale.
NEW YORK, March 15, 2018 – Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP has advised Macquarie Capital, the corporate advisory, capital markets and principal investing arm of Macquarie Group (“Macquarie”), in connection with its sale to an entity controlled by affiliates of InfraRed Infrastructure Fund V (“InfraRed”) and Invex Infraestructura (“Invex”) of a 45.5% equity interest in a 907 MW combined cycle power generation facility, commonly referred to as “Norte III,” currently under construction in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. As a result of the transaction, InfraRed and Invex acquired a 35.5% and 10.0% equity interest, respectively, in Norte III.
Norte III will benefit from availability-based revenues paid by government-owned Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) under a 25-year, USD-denominated PPA. The construction of the Norte III project is being carried out by Techint Engineering & Construction (“Techint”), an Argentinian engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services company. Macquarie and Techint will remain co-shareholders of Norte III.
The development of Norte III will help meet the growing need for electricity in the region. Upon completion, Norte III will be one of the largest combined-cycle power plants in Mexico and provide electricity to more than 500,000 homes.
The Milbank team was led by Corporate partner John Franchini and Project, Energy & Infrastructure partners Dan Bartfeld and Roland Estevez, as well as corporate and projects associates Daniel Valenza, Carolyn Matos Montes and Samantha Kwartler.
Mr. Franchini said: “We are delighted to have represented Macquarie Capital throughout its involvement in Norte III, from the initial acquisition and financing of the project last year to this partial sale of its equity interests in the project. This transaction illustrates the continued investor interest in well-structured Mexican energy infrastructure projects.”