Alexela Seeking Kiviõli Oil Shale Plant Buyout ({{commentsTotal}})

Alexela Energia has asked the Competition Authority for permission to acquire the second half of Kiviõli Keemiatööstuse OÜ, operators of the Kiviõli Shale Oil plant, having bought half of the company at the end of 2011.

Marti Hääl, a board member of Alexela Energia, said in a press release on Monday that the plant has received 15 million euros in investments in the last two years, but needs a further 55 million in the next five or six years.

The price of the proposed sale has not been disclosed, although the 2011 deal was believed to be worth around 30 million euros. Äripäev speculated that the new deal could net the owners Raivo and Toomas Tamm between 40 and 50 million euros.

The company, which also runs a oil shale mine, had a turnover of 35 million euros last year, earning 10 million in profit.

Alexela Energia is part of the Alexela Group, which also owns petrol station network Alexela.