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Baker & McKenzie Advising On Investments In A Woody Biomass Power Plant In Japan.

9 April, 2015

 

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) is advising United Corporation, Renova Inc. and Kuni Umi Asset Management Co. Ltd. (collectively the “Sponsors“) on their plans to develop and invest in a woody biomass power plant with a generation capacity of 20 MW in Mukaihama, Akita city, Akita, Japan. The plant will be the largest power generation facility of its kind.

 

This project will require an investment of approximately JPY 12.5bn. Hokuto Bank Ltd. and Shinsei Bank, Limited lead a syndicated loan with local financial institutions, which will cover a substantial portion of the project costs. Green Finance Promotion Organization invested in preferred equity and Akita prefecture will provide an interest-free loan. The output will be sold to a Power Producer and Supplier (PPS) and Tohoku-Electric Power Co.,Inc. The plant is projected to start operation from July 2016.

 

Naoaki Eguchi, Head of the Tokyo office’s Banking and Finance Practice Group, who lead the Baker & McKenzie’s team, stated: “We are thrilled to be advising the Sponsors on their woody biomass power investments in Akita, Japan. With the new feed-in tariff system announced in July 2012, it continues to be an exciting time for various renewables development, including but not limited to mega-solar projects. The field of woody biomass power generation is one of these areas with great potential. Following the Agatsuma woody biomass project in Gunma, we are happy to assist with this Akita Mukaihama woody biomass project. We will continue to closely monitor the renewable energy market and provide our clients with valuable legal and business advice in this specialized area.”

 

Partner Toshio Shimada and Associates Kosuke Suzuki and Yoko Ishii also supported the projects.

 

 

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