HOUSTON, TX, Dec. 7, 2013 -- The Carlsbad Desalination Project in Carlsbad, Calif., a $1 billion project financing implementing a public-private partnership (PPP) between Poseidon Resources and the San Diego County Water Authority, was recently named the 2013 Deal of the Year.
The tribute, awarded by The Bond Buyer, serves to recognize the Far West Region to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority for its role as issuer for the debt portion of project. Further, it recognizes innovation in municipal finance.
Clean Energy Capital served as financial advisor to the Water Authority and acted as lead arranger on the transaction. The project is the culmination of a decade of development effort and is the first large-scale ocean-water desalination project on the Pacific coast. The transaction features a 30-year water purchase agreement between the Water Authority and Poseidon that allows the Water Authority to transfer certain key risks to Poseidon, while supporting project financing at the investment-grade level.
The capital structure includes $756 million tax-exempt bonds issued by the CPCFA on behalf of Poseidon and the Water Authority, $167 million of private equity, and $80 million in improvements to be made by the Water Authority to accommodate this new supply of water. The bond underwriting syndicate was led by JP Morgan.
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