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Natixis CIB closes financings for $883 million for desalination plant and water pipeline in Chile

  • Natixis CIB closes financings for $883 million for desalination plant and water pipeline in Chile
  • The transactions support the development, construction, operation and maintenance of the desalination plant and pipeline for the transportation of treated and/or desalinated water.
  • The project is the first multiclient desalination plant in the region and will contribute to reduce usage of continental water by its industrial clients.

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Natixis Corporate & Investment Banking
Natixis Corporate & Investment Banking is a leading global financial institution that provides advisory, investment banking, financing, corporate banking and capital markets services.

Natixis Corporate & Investment Banking (Natixis CIB) has successfully closed two senior secured financings amounting to $883 million for two adjacent water assets owned by portfolio companies of Patria Investments (Patria), a leading alternative investment firm focused on Latin America. The financed assets comprise the 1,000-l/s Aconcagua desalination plant and the 109-kilometer San Isidro Quilapilún water pipeline in the Valparaiso and Metropolitana regions of Chile. Natixis CIB acted alongside 3 international banks as Joint Lead Arranger, Joint Bookrunner, Joint Syndication Agent, Hedge provider and Co-Green Loan Coordinator.

The transactions support the development, construction, operation and maintenance of the desalination plant and pipeline for the transportation of treated and/or desalinated water. The Project is the first multiclient desalination plant in the region and will contribute to reduce usage of continental water by its industrial clients, mitigating the water scarcity situation in Chile due to climate change. This transaction is firmly aligned with Natixis CIB's green and sustainability targets and reinforces Natixis CIB's regional and sector expertise and leadership.

"Natixis CIB has a long and successful track record financing infrastructure in the LatAm region, including more than 15 transactions closed in Chile over the past 3 years. Water is becoming an increasingly important sector in the infrastructure space because of bigger scarcity and additional social focus on an efficient use of water by industrial processes. We see strong tailwinds in water sector and expect more activity not only in Chile but also across LatAm." said Aitor Alava, Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure & Energy Finance Latin America at Natixis CIB. "We are thrilled to have been able to accompany Patria on this landmark transaction and we look forward to continuing to support their growth across Latin America."

"This milestone is yet another step towards Aguas Pacifico's goal to provide a solution to the water supply problematic in the region and evidence of our investment commitment to the Project." said Jose Mestres, Partner for Patria Investments Infrastructure Group. "The 7-year term allows Aguas Pacifico to navigate the current volatility in the debt markets and secure project financing at competitive pricing. Aguas Pacifico and Patria are very proud of securing project funding while partnering with world class financial institutions such as those represented in this non-recourse facility," added Mr. Mestres.

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