Rurelec PLC


Press Releases 2007

EdS signs loan agreement

Energia del Sur signs loan agreement with Standard Bank of London

Rurelec PLC, the AIM quoted power developer and owner of power plants in Latin America, today announces that Energia del Sur ("EdS"), Rurelec's Argentine power generation business, has signed a loan agreement with Standard Bank of London for US$18 million. The loan is believed to be the first financing for power generation in Argentina since the Peso crash of 2001 and has a limited recourse facility of five years for the conversion to combined cycle gas turbine ("CCGT") operation of the existing 78 MW open cycle gas turbine gas-fired power plant in Commodoro Rivadavia, Patagonia.

The CCGT conversion will add a further 60 MW of new high efficiency capacity by the addition of a steam turbine powered by waste heat from the two open cycle General Electric 6B gas turbines. Since the bulk of the steam for this additional power capacity is produced from exhaust gases that would otherwise just vent into the atmosphere, the new plant will be eligible for carbon credits under the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism established under the Kyoto Protocol. Total EdS capacity will be 138 MW when the CCGT conversion is completed in 2008.

A combined cycle plant produces 40 per cent. less CO2 than a plant using the same gas turbines in open cycle. A typical traditional coal fired power plant of 138 MW emits three times as much CO2 as a high efficiency combined cycle gas fired power plant such as EdS.

The new 60 MW capacity at EdS is already well under construction and the refurbished ABB steam turbine is already on site together with 96 containers of equipment. In view of the unavailability of ground water for cooling in Patagonia, which is typically dry and windy, EdS has acquired a state of the art air cooling system from a decommissioned power plant in New Jersey, where the steam turbine was also sourced.

The cost savings from the Rurelec policy of sourcing grey market equipment will mean that EdS is one of the lowest cost CCGT plants in Latin America.

For further information, please contact:

Peter Earl
Managing Director Tel. 020 7793 5610

Stewart Dick
Daniel Stewart & Company Tel. 020 7776 6550

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