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Angamos: AES plays the long game

19 November 2008

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AES Gener closed the $988 million debt financing for the Angamos power project on 23 October 2008. The financing is one of the largest to close in Latin America this year, but took place before the credit crunch's most vicious phase. It benefited from a supportive contractual and financial structure, and AES' willingness to maintain goodwill in the banking community.

Angamos had to contend with appalling financing conditions for emerging markets borrowers, but benefited from the precedent that it set with 2007's Ventanas financing. Ventanas, a smaller financing, sparked widespread bank interest in Chile's power sector, and set pricing and tenor records in the country.

The project sells power to two subsidiaries of BHP Billiton, which operates the Escondida and Spence copper mines in the north of Chile. BHP issued a request for proposals for coal-fired capacity in mid-2007, and offered potential bidders a site for any project. AES responded...

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