Houston, TX, Jan. 16, 2006 — El Paso Corp. announced that it has agreed to sell the majority of its Central American power assets to a subsidiary of Globeleq Ltd. for approximately $141 million.
The assets include investments in six power plants with a combined capacity of 304 net megawatts located in El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Panama. The two remaining power assets in the region, located in the Dominican Republic and Peru, are being sold in separate processes, which are at various stages of completion.
The sales are subject to usual and customary closing conditions, including obtaining certain consents, and are expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2006. The company expects to record an impairment of approximately $56 million in the fourth quarter of 2005 relating to its investment in these power plants. A significant portion of that impairment will be in discontinued operations.