SAN DIEGO, June 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) and State Grid International Development Limited (SGID) have jointly announced today that both companies remain firmly committed to completing the sale of Sempra Energy’s equity interests in its Chilean businesses, including its 100% stake in Chilquinta Energía S.A. (Chilquinta Energía), and are targeting June 24 as the closing date.
“As we move to close the transaction, our primary focus continues to be on the safety and well-being of our employees, customers and communities,” said Dennis V. Arriola, executive vice president and group president of Sempra Energy. “We have received all the necessary approvals for the sale of our Chilean investments from the required governmental agencies in Chile and we plan to proceed with the closing with a target date of June 24.”
In addition to Chilquinta Energía, Sempra Energy also intends to sell a 100% interest in Tecnored S.A., which provides electric construction and infrastructure services to Chilquinta Energía and third parties, and 100% ownership of Eletrans S.A., which owns, constructs, operates and maintains power transmission facilities.
“Our planned investment in Chile is very strategic to the overall long-term growth of SGID and we are fully supportive of the Chilean government’s efforts to protect its citizens from the spread of COVID-19,” said Hu Yuhai, Chairman of SGID. “Our Board of Directors remains fully committed to completing this transaction with Sempra Energy. We expect confirmation on the last remaining filing in China with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) very soon.”
In April, Sempra Energy announced the completion of the sale of its Peruvian businesses, including its 83.6% interest in Luz del Sur S.A.A., to an affiliate of China Yangtze Power International (Hongkong) Co., Limited, generating approximately $3.6 billion in total cash proceeds, subject to post-closing adjustments.
The sale of Sempra Energy’s Chilean businesses is subject to various conditions to closing, including confirmation on the last remaining filing with the NDRC. The completion of the Chilean transactions will conclude Sempra Energy’s planned sale of its South American businesses. Proceeds from the sales will be used to further strengthen the company’s balance sheet and liquidity position.
About Chilquinta Energía
Chilquinta Energía is the third-largest distributor of electricity in Chile. Chilquinta Energía provides electricity to approximately 2 million people in the regions of Valparaíso and Maule in central Chile, and is also active in the development and operation of electric transmission lines.
About State Grid International Development Limited
SGID, a wholly-owned subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), is incorporated in Hong Kong as a limited liability company. It leverages SGCC’s operational strengths and financial support to actively pursue investment opportunities worldwide and improve the operating efficiency of its portfolio of companies. SGID currently has investments in the Philippines, Brazil, Portugal, Australia, Hong Kong SAR, Italy, Greece and Oman. SGCC, headquartered in Beijing, is the world’s largest power utility corporation, and has extensive experience in constructing and operating electricity transmission and distribution networks. The company’s power grid network covers 26 provinces in China, accounting for more than 88% of China’s territory, and serves a population of over 1.1 billion. The company ranked fifth in 2019 Fortune Global 500.
About Sempra Energy
Sempra Energy’s mission is to be North America’s premier energy infrastructure company. With more than $60 billion in total assets in 2019, the San Diego-based company is the utility holding company with the largest U.S. customer base. The Sempra Energy companies’ more than 18,000 employees deliver energy with purpose to over 35 million consumers worldwide. The company is focused on the most attractive markets in North America, including California, Texas, Mexico and the LNG export market. Sempra Energy has been consistently recognized for its leadership in sustainability, and diversity and inclusion, and is a member of the S&P 500 Utilities Index and the Dow Jones Utility Index. The company was also named one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” for 2020 by Fortune Magazine.
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