PPL to sell selected assets, including hydropower shares

PPL Corporation announced it has reached agreement to sell interests in certain non-core generating stations, including shares in one hydropower asset, to LS Power Equity Advisors, an affiliate of LS Power.

The transaction will include the 244-MW PPL Wallingford Energy plant, a natural gas-fired facility located in Wallingford, Conn.; the 585-MW PPL University Park plant, a natural gas-fired facility located in University Park, Ill.; and PPL’s one-third share in Safe Harbor Water Power Corporation, owner of the 421-MW Safe Harbor Hydroelectric Station on the Susquehanna River in Conestoga, Pa.

The transaction, for approximately $381 million in cash, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2010, pending receipt of necessary regulatory approvals and third- party consents. The transaction is expected to result in an after-tax special item charge against PPL’s third-quarter earnings of $65 million to $80 million.

Following the closing of the sale, PPL will continue to operate a diverse mix of competitive-market generating plants in Pennsylvania and Montana, with a combined capacity of nearly 11,000 MW.

Credit Suisse and BofA Merrill Lynch served as PPL’s financial advisors in this transaction.

In other news, PPL Montana has dedicated a new, advanced fish ladder at its Thompson Falls dam and hydro plant, PPL reported.

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