Panda Power Funds Finances 829-MW Pennsylvania Power Project

  Panda Power Funds Finances 829-MW Pennsylvania Power Project

  *Plant expected to contribute up to $1.2 billion to area economy; create
    500 jobs
  *First new plant located on the Marcellus Shale gas formation
  *Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and Ares Capital arranged debt financing
  *Natural gas-fueled generating station will power up to 1 million homes
  *Gemma-Lane Liberty Partners to build plant with Siemens Energy technology

Business Wire

DALLAS -- August 22, 2013

Panda Power Funds today announced that it has completed the acquisition and
successful financing of Moxie Energy’s planned 829-MW natural gas-fueled,
combined-cycle “Liberty” generating station, located in Bradford County,
Pennsylvania. When completed, the Liberty project will be the first new power
plant in the Commonwealth specifically developed to take advantage of its
proximity to the Marcellus Shale gas formation. Panda will immediately start
construction on the 33-acre site and expects commercial operations to begin by
early 2016.

The 829 Megawatt Panda Liberty Generating Station (Photo: Business Wire)

The 829 Megawatt Panda Liberty Generating Station (Photo: Business Wire)

Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and Ares Capital arranged the senior debt
financing for the plant. Union Bank was the documentation agent. The
transaction marks the fourth financing of a large-scale power facility by
Panda Power Funds in 13 months and the first investment of Panda Fund II. The
fund is supplying equity for the Liberty project along with a large
institutional co-investor.

“Following three successful financings in Texas, it didn’t get any easier,”
said Todd W. Carter, president and senior partner of Panda Power Funds. “I’m
really proud of our team for getting this job done in a ‘tough-as-nails’
financial market.

“I’m also very pleased we landed the Liberty project. After looking at a
number of opportunities in PJM, we were impressed with the project and the
caliber of work done by Moxie Energy.”

“We found a good dance partner in Panda,” added Aaron Samson, chief executive
officer of Moxie Energy. “They care about the quality of the project and its
environmental friendliness, and are committed to being a good corporate
citizen of the community.”

The Panda Liberty project has been strategically sited in the PJM
Interconnection, which is considered one of the most attractive and liquid
markets for power generators in the United States. Equally important,
approximately 20,000 megawatts of coal-fired capacity retirements have been
announced in PJM, setting the stage for tightening reserve margins. Declining
economics and increasing environmental costs are expected to drive additional
coal-fired retirements.

The Liberty plant will utilize Siemens H-class gas turbines — the world’s
first generation technology to achieve operating efficiencies of 60 percent.
The two single shaft power trains will make the Liberty plant one of the
cleanest, most efficient natural gas-fueled power plants in the United States.
In addition, unlike approximately 95 percent of the nation’s generating
facilities, the plant will be cooled with air rather than water. As a result,
the Liberty plant will not draw water from, or discharge water into, the
Susquehanna River — eliminating potential impacts to species in the
Susquehanna watershed. Special blade designs, low-output motors and building
enclosures will also be used to minimize sound.

According to recent estimates, the plant will contribute an estimated $1.2
billion to the area’s economy during construction and the facility’s first 10
years of operation. Approximately 500 jobs will be created to construct the
Liberty power plant at peak construction. During operations, the generating
station will create an estimated 27 skilled jobs to operate the facility and
45 indirect jobs within the community to support the plant.

Gemma-Lane Liberty Partners will serve as the project EPC Contractor and
Siemens Energy Inc. will provide the power island package including the
natural gas turbines, steam turbine and waste heat recovery boilers.
Gemma-Lane Liberty Partners will be responsible for installing the power
island equipment and for the engineering, procurement and installation of the
balance of the plant, and the commissioning of the facility. Construction will
take approximately 30 months.

The generating station will be located in Asylum Township in Bradford County,
approximately 45 miles northwest of Scranton, Pennsylvania. When completed,
the generating station will be able to supply the power needs of up to 1
million homes in Pennsylvania.

About Panda Power Funds, LP

Founded in 2010, Panda Power Funds is a private equity firm headquartered in
Dallas, Texas, which has the ability to develop, acquire, construct, finance
and operate large-scale, natural gas-fueled power generation facilities.
Panda’s first fund invested in three combined-cycle power plants currently
under construction in Temple and Sherman, Texas (totaling 2,274 megawatts) and
a 20-megawatt solar project in operation in Pilesgrove, New Jersey. Additional
information on Panda Power Funds can be found at

About The Siemens Energy Sector

The Siemens Energy Sector is the world’s leading supplier of a broad spectrum
of products, services and solutions for power generation in thermal power
plants and using renewables, power transmission in grids and for the
extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2012 (ended
September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of EUR27.5 billion and received
new orders totaling approximately EUR26.9 billion and posted a profit of
EUR2.2 billion. On September 30, 2012, the Energy Sector had a work force of
almost 86,000. Further information is available at:

About Moxie Energy

Moxie Energy, LLC is a private development firm formed in 2009, which has a
demonstrated capability to develop large complex power generation projects.
Additional information on Moxie Energy can be found at

About Gemma-Lane Liberty Partners:

Gemma-Lane Liberty Partners brings together the strengths of two highly
experienced construction organizations. Gemma Power Systems is a full service
EPC contractor with the proven ability of designing, building and
commissioning over 10,000 MW of large-scale clean gas-fired and renewable
energy projects. Gemma Power Systems, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Argan Inc. (NYSE MKT: AGX) and is one of the largest power contractors in the
Northeastern US. Currently ranked as 43rd on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR)
‘Top 400 Contractors’ list, The Lane Construction Corporation is one of
America’s premier heavy civil contractors. With experience in the shale gas
industry, Lane is committed to providing a responsible and comprehensive
approach to develop America’s domestic energy resources. Additional
information about Gemma-Lane Liberty Partners and its parent companies can be
found at

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Panda Power Funds
Bill Pentak, 972-361-2000
Siemens AG
Christian S. Wilson, 49 9131 18-4974
Claire Hassett, 202-730-1012
Moxie Energy
Kent Morton, 855-446-6943
Bill Carter, 860-659-0509
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