Tepco, Chubu Electric finalize JVA

Tokyo Electric and Chubu Electric said they entered into a joint venture agreement on the formation of an alliance covering the entire energy supply chain, from upstream investments and fuel procurement through power generation and a roadmap to its formation.

To give effect to the alliance, Tepco and Chubu Electric have agreed to jointly establish, in April this year, a new company, which will implement the development of upstream investments, fuel procurement, fuel transportation, fuel trading businesses, development of new domestic thermal power plants and scrap and build of aged domestic thermal power plants as well as development of new power plants overseas.

On October 7 2014, Tepco and Chubu Electric signed a memorandum of understanding on the alliance and subsequently have been negotiating the terms and conditions for realization of the alliance. During the negotiations, Tepco and Chubu Electric have come to a shared recognition of the fundamental principles and strategies of the alliance businesses and have concluded that it can achieve both the secure and stable supply of energy on an internationally competitive basis and also increase the corporate values of both Tepco and Chubu Electric.

Importantly, based on a relationship that has an equal and complementary spirit, Tepco and Chubu Electric will invest in Newco on a 50:50 basis.

Newco will be established in a step-by-step manner following the agreed roadmap, starting with areas that will have a high impact and are easier to undertake. From April 2015, Newco will commence operations and will focus on the development of new energy upstream investments, the integration of the process for new fuel procurement, and the formation of processes to develop new thermal power plants and implement scrap and build of aged thermal power plants both domestically in Japan and internationally.

As the next step, with a target of the end of September 2015, the companies will integrate their existing fuel transportation and fuel trading businesses into Newco taking into account the progress of the consultation with relevant stakeholders.

By the end of December 2015, Tepco and Chubu Electric will execute a further agreement to integrate into Newco their existing fuel businesses, including upstream assets, fuel sale and purchase agreements, and energy infrastructure businesses.

This integration is expected to be completed in the summer of 2016, following due consideration of the achievements of Newco in the interim and also taking into account the progress of the planned introduction of a holding company structure within Tepco. With the integration achieved, Newco will expand its business domain, enlarge the scale of the businesses and optimize its entire supply chain.

In addition, Tepco and Chubu Electric will continue to discuss the integration of their existing domestic power stations and related assets into Newco, giving due consideration to the achievements of Newco, and Tepco’s progress in implementing management reforms.

Tepco believes that such new business activities will enable the company to further contribute to the reconstruction and recovery of Fukushima.

 

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