March 2, 2021
Oglethorpe Power Corporation Seeks to Acquire Natural Gas-Fired Combined-Cycle Generating Facility from The Carlyle Group
(Washington, D.C. and Tucker, GA, March 2, 2021) – Global investment firm, The Carlyle Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CG) affiliate Southeast PowerGen, LLC (“Southeast PowerGen”), and electric membership corporation, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, today announced that Oglethorpe, on behalf of a select group of members, has entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire Effingham County Power, a 511 megawatt operating combined-cycle generating and transmission facility located in Rincon, GA, from Southeast PowerGen.
This facility represents a critical baseload asset and is one of the most efficient natural gas-fired generating facilities in Georgia. The facility entered commercial operation in August 2003 and consists of two GE combustion turbines and one steam turbine. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The acquisition is subject to Oglethorpe Board and Member approvals as well as other customary conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021.
“This acquisition of an existing, low-cost and proven facility in Georgia is a good strategic fit for our power supply portfolio. This facility will help meet a group of our Members’ power supply needs as the industry continues to transition and rely more heavily on natural gas and renewables,” said Elizabeth B. Higgins, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Oglethorpe Power.
Upon closing, this will be Oglethorpe’s fifth acquisition of gas-fired generation in Georgia in the last 12 years, totaling almost 3,000 megawatts.
About Oglethorpe Power Corporation
Oglethorpe Power is one of the nation’s largest power supply cooperatives with more than $13 billion in assets serving 38 Electric Membership Corporations which, collectively, provide electricity to approximately 4.2 million Georgia residents. A proponent of conscientious energy development and use, Oglethorpe Power balances reliable and affordable energy with environmental responsibility and has an outstanding record of regulatory compliance. Its diverse energy portfolio includes natural gas, hydroelectric, coal and nuclear generating plants with a combined capacity of approximately 7,900 megawatts. Oglethorpe Power was established in 1974 and is owned by its 38 Member Systems. Its headquarters are in Tucker, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb. For more information, visit www.opc.com.
About The Carlyle Group
The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across three business segments: Global Private Equity, Global Credit and Investment Solutions. With $246 billion of assets under management as of December 31, 2020, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which we live and invest. The Carlyle Group employs 1,825 people in 29 offices across five continents. Further information is available at www.carlyle.com. Follow The Carlyle Group on Twitter @OneCarlyle.
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