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AES Enters Agreement to Sell Its Equity Interest in Qatar Business

Apr 26, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va., Apr 26, 2010 --The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) announced today that it has entered into agreements to sell its equity interest in its Qatar business, Ras Laffan, to its current partner there, the Qatar Electricity and Water Company. AES has owned a 55 percent equity interest in the Ras Laffan project, which consists of a 756 MW combined cycle gas plant and a 40 MIGD (Million Imperial Gallons per Day) desalination facility, since 2003. Ras Laffan has a 25-year power and water purchase agreement with the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation, which expires in 2029. Through this transaction, AES is also selling its interest in an associated operations company, and its rights under a related technical service agreement.

Paul Hanrahan, AES President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We've been proud of the performance of Ras Laffan, one of the first Independent Power Producers in Qatar, and are pleased to have reached an agreement with our partner, the Qatar Electricity and Water Company."

The transaction is subject to customary purchase price adjustments and approvals, and is expected to close during the second half of 2010. AES will provide an update on the transaction during the Q1 2010 earnings call, which is expected to be held in early May 2010.

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