Optim Energy still working on sale plan for its two gas-fired plants

Optim Energy LLC filed a March 2 notice with its bankruptcy court that it is taking a bit more time to work out a reorganization/asset sale plan.

Optim and its subsidiaries in bankruptcy have amended Schedule 12.1 to the debtor in possession (DIP) Credit Agreement to:

  • extend to March 13 the milestone regarding the debtors’ delivery to the lenders of either a draft Plan of Reorganization and Disclosure Statement, in each case acceptable to the majority lenders, or a sale proposal acceptable to the majority lenders; and
  • extend to March 20 the milestone regarding the debtors’ filing of either such Plan of Reorganization and Disclosure Statement or (a sale and bidding procedures motion relating to such sale proposal with the Bankruptcy Court.

The debtors said they have further amended Schedule 12.1 to the DIP Credit Agreement such that, pursuant to their satisfaction of the aforementioned milestones, the debtors shall, no later than May 12, obtain confirmation by the Bankruptcy Court of the Plan of Reorganization and attain the effective date thereof or consummate the sale contemplated by the sale proposal.

Optim Energy on Feb. 3 was granted by its bankruptcy court an extended deadline of June 9 to file a chapter 11 reorganization plan, with a new deadline of Aug. 10 to win creditor acceptances of that plan. Optim Energy, which last year sold its coal-fired power plant in Texas but retained its two gas-fired plants, on Jan. 14 had asked its bankruptcy court for this extra time.

The company told the court in the Jan. 14 extension request: “Since entry of the Second Exclusivity Order, the Debtors have devoted significant resources and efforts to, among other things, formulating potential restructuring strategies for the Debtors’ remaining principal assets, their interests in the Cedar Bayou Plant and the Altura Cogen Plant (together, the ‘Gas Plant Portfolio’), including the potential sale of the Gas Plant Portfolio under a chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

“The Debtors commenced a full marketing process for the Gas Plant Portfolio in November 2014, from which several interested parties submitted proposals to purchase the Debtors’ assets. The Debtors are in the midst of evaluating these proposals and engaging in further diligence discussions with certain parties, which will take additional time before coming to full conclusion, and will determine the final terms of any plan(s) the Debtors will file.”

The two gas plants being marketed are:

  • Altura Cogen Plant: This is a natural-gas powered plant capable of producing 600 MW located in Harris County, Texas. The plant has been commercially operating since 1985 and is located within a complex of petrochemical facilities owned by Lyondell Chemical.
  • Cedar Bayou Plant: Cedar Bayou is a gas-fired plant capable of producing 550 MW located in Chambers County, Texas. Debtor Optim Energy Cedar Bayou 4 owns a 50% undivided interest and NRG Cedar Bayou Development owns the remaining 50% undivided interest. The Cedar Bayou Plant began operating in 2009. It is located within a complex of electric generation facilities owned by NRG Texas Power.
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