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Enel seeks to shake up renewables ownership in Chile

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The board of Enel Chile SA said that a plan it privately presented to Enel in July to absorb Enel Green Power Latin America's non-conventional renewable generation assets in Chile has been conditionally approved by the parent company.

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In a letter to Chilean regulators, Enel Chile said the plan is dependent on it successfully upping its stake in Enel Generacion Chile SA to 75 percent from its current 60 percent stake via a partial takeover bid.

That takeover bid will in turn require a capital increase, the company said, but it did not specify the cost.

"In this way, all of the generation operations that (Enel) has in Chile, be they conventional or non-conventional renewable, would be run by Enel Chile through its subsidiaries," Enel Chile said in a statement.

Italy-based Enel's approval of the deal included a number of conditions in addition to the partial takeover of the Generacion unit.

For instance, Enel will need to maintain a shareholder stake in Enel Chile that is similar to current levels, the company said.

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