The Czech energy group CEZ is contemplating to buy six Ukrainian regional electric power companies (OblEnergos) in 2006. Speaking in an interview to the newspaper Ekonomicheskiye Izvestiya, Vladimir Schmalz, CEZ director for mergers and takeovers, said the CEZ had received a principled consent to wrap up a relevant deal from the VS Energy company, which controls the OblEnergos.

According to Mr Schmalz, the Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB, Switzerland) poses as the deal's consultant. Besides, the CEZ is interested to buy two other Ukrainian OblEnergos, Vladimir Schmalz further disclosed, which belong to the company AES Energy, Action Ukrainian Report informs referring to Ukrinform.

The CEZ is contemplating to acquire energy assets in Bosnia, Ukraine and Bulgaria, which will cost around ?3 billion, of which ?1.5 billion will be spent on buying energy assets in Ukraine and Bulgaria.

In 2005 the CEZ bought the Romanian distribution company Oltenia for ?151 million.and three Bulgarian distribution companies for ?281.5 million.

The Netherlands-based VS Energy International N.V. (a daughter-company of the Slovakia-based Vychodoslovenske Energeticke Zavody S.P, or VSE) owns stakes in the public joint-stock company SevastopolEnergo (95.18%), KhersonOblEnergo (94.51%), KirovogradOblEnergo (94%), ZhytomyrOblEnergo (75.56%), OdesaOblEnergo (20.36%), ChernivtsiOblEnergo (21.98%), KhmelnytskOblEnergo (11.79%), TranscarpathiaOblEnergo (10.53%).

In October 2005 the VS Energy International N.V. refuted media reports about the company's alleged intention to sell its parcels in several Ukrainian energy companies. According to the reports, the auditing company Deloitte & Touche was carrying out audits of these companies, with a view of evaluating their assets.

As VS Energy International N.V. representatives stressed, the company annually hires the Deloitte & Touche and KPMG to carry out audits of the Ukrainian energy companies.

The company AES Washington B.V. BN (a daughter-company of the US-based AES Corporation) holds 75 percent plus one share stakes in the AES-RivneEnergo, AES-KyivOblEnergo.


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