September 5, 2018 / 2:10 PM / 2 months ago

UPDATE 1-Chinese firm in talks to buy Engie power plant in Brazil -report

(Adds Engie comment)

SAO PAULO, Sept 5 (Reuters) - China’s State Power Investment Corp (SPIC) is in talks with Engie SA to purchase the French energy firm’s Pampa Sul coal power plant in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, a Brazilian newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The two parties are negotiating a sale in the range of 800 million to 1 billion reais ($192 million to $241 million), Valor Economico reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

The plant is still under construction and will have a capacity of 340 megawatts.

Engie, Europe’s fourth largest utility by market value, has long been reducing exposure to coal and other conventional fossil fuel assets and moving to renewables.

Engie told Reuters in a statement it had put its Brazilian coal assets on the block in line with its global strategy and would not comment on ongoing negotiations.

SPIC could not be reached for comment. ($1 = 4.16 reais) (Reporting by Gram Slattery Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Paul Simao)

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