National firm advises on Crown Irrigation's $6.5million investment

by NZ Lawyer14 Apr 2014
Chapman Tripp is advising Crown Irrigation Investments Limited (Crown Irrigation) on its conditional agreement to invest $6.5m in the Central Plains Water Scheme. The subordinated debt finance facility represents Crown Irrigation’s first investment into a regional irrigation scheme and will enable excess capacity to be built during stage one of the scheme, assisting the development of later stages.

Chapman Tripp partners Mark Reese and Josh Blackmore and Senior Associate Chad Morgan, acted on the Central Plains Water investment.  

“Crown Irrigation is set to play an important role in the development of New Zealand’s irrigation infrastructure and we congratulate them on entering into this conditional agreement with Central Plains Water,” says Reese.

“Chapman Tripp’s strong expertise in project finance, resource management and infrastructure, along with our extensive water scheme experience, means we are well placed to assist Crown Irrigation with this investment.”

Financial close for the investment is expected to be reached before mid-2014.

Crown Irrigation is a Crown-owned company which was established in 2013 to invest in off-farm irrigation infrastructure.  By investing to help mitigate potential demand shortfall, Crown Irrigation will allow irrigation schemes to be built to an optimal size to maximise regional economic benefits.  The Government has signalled its willingness to invest up to $400 million through Crown Irrigation to achieve this purpose.