Ceiba Energy Sells 1.6GW Capacity Contract in Brazil to New Fortress Energy| Sustainable Infrastructure
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New Fortress Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: NFE) (the “Company”) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a 1.6 GW Capacity Reserve Contract (“PortoCem PPA” or “PPA”) from Ceiba Energy, a portfolio company of Denham Capital, in exchange for newly issued NFE redeemable Series A Convertible Preferred Stock and the assumption of certain liabilities from a subsidiary of Ceiba Energy.
Following customary closing conditions including regulatory approval for the transfer of the PPA in Brazil, the PPA will contribute firm capacity payments of $280 million per annum through its 15-year contract life. NFE expects the transaction to close in March 2024, with project cash flows expected to begin no later than July 2026.
NFE plans to leverage its existing infrastructure in Brazil and transfer the PPA to new power assets connected to NFE’s existing Brazilian LNG terminals – Barcarena and Terminal Gas Sul (“TGS”). NFE intends to utilize its existing infrastructure in place in Barcarena to strategically expand its power complex by 1.2 GW, with an expected Commercial Operations Date (“COD”) for the expansion in 2026. NFE’s original 630 MW development in Barcarena remains on schedule for COD in the third quarter of 2025. NFE plans to transfer the remaining 0.4 GW of the PPA to another power generation asset that connects to its TGS terminal. By using its existing asset base, NFE expects to reduce costs and generate incremental throughput and earnings at its terminals.
With the acquisition of the PPA, NFE adds significant downstream power infrastructure to its asset base, enabling further utilization of its existing terminal infrastructure in Barcarena and TGS. The TGS terminal is uniquely positioned to continue to alleviate natural gas supply issues for more than 3 GW of existing industrial and power generation customers who currently experience limitations on supply in the region.
“We are extremely pleased to expand our business in Brazil and cement NFE as a leading provider of clean, reliable energy to one of the fastest growing economies in the world,” said Wes Edens, Chairman and CEO of New Fortress Energy. “With today’s acquisition of the PortoCem PPA, we add a contracted, long-duration asset that is highly complementary to our Brazilian footprint. This aligns with our strategy to vertically integrate and optimize our assets in an effort to drive shareholder value over the long-term,” said Andrew Dete, Managing Director of New Fortress Energy.
“We are pleased to support NFE’s efforts to expand their activities in Brazil. This transaction will allow the Brazilian power market to benefit from clean capacity reserve consistent with the country’s stated goal of providing reliable power capacity supporting renewable power resources. Importantly as well, the transaction enables Ceiba Energy to continue developing its LNG import energy hub in the State of Ceara,” said Emilio Vicens, Chief Executive Officer of Ceiba Energy.
The closing of the transaction is subject to customary terms and conditions, including regulatory approval for the transfer of the PortoCem PPA to NFE terminal sites. BTG Pactual acted as Ceiba Energy’s financial advisor.
About New Fortress Energy Inc.
New Fortress Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: NFE) is a global energy infrastructure company founded to address energy poverty and accelerate the world’s transition to reliable, affordable, and clean energy. The company owns and operates natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure and an integrated fleet of ships and logistics assets to rapidly deliver turnkey energy solutions to global markets. Collectively, the company’s assets and operations reinforce global energy security, enable economic growth, enhance environmental stewardship and transform local industries and communities around the world.
About Ceiba Energy
Founded in 2015, Ceiba Energy is an owner, developer, and operator of power generation assets in Latin America. In particular, the Company focuses on delivering renewable, low-carbon and affordable power generation. The Ceiba management team brings an in-depth understanding of Latin American power markets and assets. The team has more than 80 years of combined power generation and energy infrastructure experience in Latin America and emerging markets. For more information, visit www.ceibaenergy.com.
About Denham Capital
Founded in 2004, Denham Capital is a global Energy Transition investment firm, having raised more than $12 billion (which includes funds now managed by Trace Capital) of capital across multiple sectors. Specializing in private equity, infrastructure and credit, we invest in sectors that are central to the economic and resource transitions happening globally. We deliver the metals and minerals and sustainable infrastructure needed for today and tomorrow.
Denham Capital sponsors entrepreneurs, delivering the financial resources and industry expertise needed to create and grow successful infrastructure and resource businesses. We seek to establish long term partnerships with entrepreneurs and companies who share our vision for growth and value creation. Our investment teams have extensive renewable power, infrastructure and mining investment experience, including technical experience as engineers, operators, and business owners.
Our firm is built on a foundation of experience, fairness, economic rationale, flexibility and trust, and we bring these values into every opportunity we pursue. We believe our tactical familiarity within our industry sectors along with a disciplined approach centered around fairness and shared success make us an ideal partner.
For more information, visit www.denhamcapital.com
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