Ormat Secures $42 million for Geothermal Power Plant in Guatemala

Andrew Burger

Reno, Nevada-based Ormat Technologies secures $42 million in debt financing to carry on with expansion plans at the Lake Amatitlan geothermal power plant in Guatemala.

Leading geothermal technology and project developer Ormat Technologies has secured an agreement with TCW Global Project Fund II that will provide the company with up to $42 million to refinance its investment in the 20-megawatt Lake Amatitlan geothermal power plant in Guatemala.


Ormat originally financed the project from its own coffers. The May 21 closing of the Note Purchase Agreement and payment of the proceeds to Ormat's Guatemalan Ortitlan Limitada subsidiary replenishes those outlays while providing the TCW fund with a regularly recurring flow of interest income and repayment of the original principal. The note is scheduled to mature on June 15, 2016.

"Guatemala in general, and the Amatitlan resource in particular, have potential for additional geothermal energy production. The terms of the financing that we have secured are typical non-recourse project finance, but enable us to proceed with the development of Phase II expansion of the project in coordination with TCW once we determine that the resource can support it," Ormat CEO Dita Bronicki commented in a news release.

As previously reported here on GWIR, the plant was commissioned in 2004 and is expected to produce clean, renewable power for 20 years, resulting in some 83,000 less metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions that would have otherwise fouled Guatemala's air, land and waters if fossil fuel power had been used.

An additional well that may be able to boost the plant's output to its full 20 MW design spec is currently being evaluated. It may eventually be scaled up to as much as 50 MW, electricity that's being sold to the Institutio Nacional de Electrificatio, the Guatemalan electric utility, as per the terms of a long term power purchase agreement.


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