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Utico will walk unless Hyflux inks definitive deal by Aug 16
日期:2019-08-03 01:42 作者: 来源:新加坡海峡时报网 相似文章:0条
           SINGAPORE - Hyflux has been given an ultimatum from the Middle Eastern utility firm that has lodged a rescue bid - sign by August 16 or the deal is off. Utico chief executive Richard Menezes said on Friday (Aug 3): "We are a millimetre away from signing, its up to them ... The value of Hyflux is falling." He noted that the TuasOne waste-to-energy plant is Hyfluxs "crown jewel" but it will only begin commercial operations next year and needs funds next month, which Utico has agreed to provide. Mr Menezes added: "We met NEA (National Environment Agency) today and they said they will support it as long as there is funding for next month. "They are running out of money at the project level." The CEO was speaking to reporters at the end of a Singapore High Court session on Friday where Hyflux appealed for more time to compile a rescue. The troubled water treatment plant had hoped to get its debt moratorium extended until the end of November but Justice Aedit Abdullah only gave it two more months. Hyflux can seek a further extension on Sept 30. Justice Aedit said he wants to see Hyflux file an application to convene creditor scheme meetings by September before allowing the case to drag on: "If it doesnt work out in the next few months (with either Utico or other potential investors), I think Ill pull the plug."

Hyflux also updated on Wednesday that it continues to be in discussions with potential strategic investors and stakeholders, with a view to entering into a binding agreement for an investment in the group.

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