ALL SEVEN companies that had previously expressed interest in buying a 90 percent stake of the steam-gas company Paroplynovy Cyklus (PPC) delivered binding offers for the entire company to the state-run privatisation agency FNM, reported the TASR news wire.
Originally, a public tender was announced only for the sale of 90 percent of PPC. But the Slovak government later decided the stake should be privatised along with a 10 percent minority stake held by the soon-to-be privatised national power utility Slovenské elektrárne.
The Slovenské elektrárne management announced it would agree to the sale only if the offered price was higher than Sk600 million (€14.7 million).
Interest in buying PPC was confirmed by two domestic financial groups, J&T and 1. Garantovaná.
According to information published by local media, the potential bidders also include the Czech group PPF; Slovak regional energy distributor ZSE; Energetika Třinec (Czech Republic); E.ON Energie (Germany); Dalkia (France); and Aare-Tessin AG fur Elektrizität (Switzerland) in cooperation with Penta, a Slovak financial group.
Soon after the first offers had been submitted, Slovak Economy Minister Pavol Rusko expressed concerns about the conduct of the tender, saying it was leaning towards choosing a winner in advance. He was also unhappy that financial groups were so closely involved.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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6. Feb 2004 at 10:16