19 September 2016 the Company and Energa S.A. signed a Letter of Intent relating to undertaking the cooperation on the preparation, implementation and operation of a modern 1,000 MW coal-fired unit in Ostrołęka Power Plant (Investment, Ostrołęka C).
The Parties' intention is joint elaboration of Ostrołęka C effective business model, verification of its design documentation and optimisation of technical and economic parameters of the new unit. The cooperation will also include drafting of documents necessary for the initiation of a tender procedure and selecting the Investment's general contractor.
In the Parties' agreeable assessment, the Investment implementation will positively affect the Polish energy security, will satisfy the highest environmental standards and will guarantee the next, stable, highly efficient and low-emission source of energy in the Polish Power System.
On 8 December 2016, the Company concluded the Investment Agreement on the implementation of the project Ostrołęka C. The subject of the Agreement is preparation, construction and exploitation of the above mentioned power unit. P Pursuant to the concluded Agreement, the cooperation, as a rule, will be organised in three stages: Development Stage - until the instruction to commence works for the general contractor; Construction Stage - until the commissioning of Ostrołęka C for commercial exploitation and Exploitation Stage - commercial exploitation of Ostrołęka C. After the Development Stage Enea S.A. is obliged to participate in the Construction Stage with the assumption that the Project profitability condition is satisfied, and Project financing will not infringe upon the Company's bank covenants. It is estimated that the total investment outlays of Enea S.A. until the completion of the Development Stage will total approx. PLN 128 million. For the implementation of the Investment Energa S.A. will dispose of the shares held in Elektrownia Ostrołęka S.A., constituting 50% in the share capital, to Enea S.A., in the amount of ca. PLN 101 million. A condition precedent suspending the Investment Contract's entry into force was obtaining the consent of the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection to perform the consolidation being the acquisition of the shares in the special purpose vehicle to implement the Project. The condition was fulfilled on 11 January 2017.
On 19 December 2016, the special purpose vehicle announced a tender procedure to select the general contractor for the construction of the Ostrołęka C power plant with capacity of approx. 1 000 MW and net fuel efficiency of at least 45 per cent, operating on supercritical steam parameters. Elektrownia Ostrołęka S.A., if certain assumptions are implemented (including an adequate share of Enea S.A., Energa S.A. and possible Financial Investors), and assuming that Capacity Market or other assistance mechanisms are introduced, will be able to undertake the comprehensive implementation of the Project.