Fluence Corporation

Project Financing Services

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Flexible, customized financing packages help public and private entities meet their water and wastewater needs. With extensive experience in trade, project financing, leasing, rentals and water-as-a-Service (WaaS), Fluence’s team of experts are available to help municipal, commercial and industrial clients determine the most appropriate solutions for a wide range of water and wastewater project requirements.

Our experienced team will work closely with you to develop a flexible financing package and business model to meet your specific needs. Using international private banks and financing partners, as well as national and international financing agencies, we can provide not only domestic financing packages but also export credit facilities from various countries including SACE, U.S. Exim, ASHRA, CESCE, and Euler Hermes, and more.

Build-Own-Operate (BOO) and Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) Projects

Fluence provides a one-stop shop for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of your water or wastewater projects regardless of project size. In some cases, the facility may be transferred to you for a nominal amount at the end of the contract.

This integrated approach provides the following benefits:

  • No investment on your end
  • Full construction and operation risk transfer
  • Reduced number of contract interfaces resulting in cost savings
  • Long-term visibility of tariffs (costs for the end-clients)
  • Access to proven and professional expertise
  • Reduced time to delivery and operations
  • Direct access to innovation throughout the life of the contract
  • Strong operator input in plant design
  • Optimized asset life cycle

For projects of higher value ($30 million or more), we can create a project finance structure under a special-purpose company (SPC). The SPC will generally receive funds from two sources:

  • Equity from Fluence and its partners (25-30% of the total investment)
  • Debt finance from banks (70-75% of the total investment)

The SPC is the contracting entity and will negotiate the terms of:

  • A “take-or-pay” contract with the end-client
  • The construction contract with suppliers
  • The operation contract (the SPC will directly manage smaller projects)

For small and medium-size projects, generally below $30 million, we provide maintenance and service packages to support many rental and lease options, including short-term rentals and operating or financing leases. In all situations, you decide if either you or Fluence will operate the plant, and if you want to own the plant after a defined period at a predetermined or fair-market value. Each option can have a different impact on your balance sheet and certain tax implications, subject to your local tax regulations.

While WaaS is fairly similar in form to BOOs, leases and rentals, the financial structure is much simpler and particularly suitable for smaller projects.

Instead of buying, leasing, or renting the equipment, you buy a service that generally consists of the supply of a daily volume of water for drinking or industrial purposes, or of the treatment and reuse of a daily volume of wastewater. This service is provided at a set price, which may include a fixed and variable component for the duration of the contract.

Fluence provides the plant, including design, manufacturing, site erection and operations and maintenance. We also guarantee the availability of said service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Typical contracts last from a few years up to 15 years, depending on the customer’s requirements.

This form of contract is particularly suitable for distributed, decentralized water and wastewater treatment using our NIROBOX™ and membrane aerated biofilm reactor (MABR) product lines.

Easy and fast to implement, our plug-and-play Nirobox provides drinking or high-quality process water from any source, including sea and brackish water.

Fluence’s packaged plants feature advanced MABR wastewater treatment technology, which can reduce energy consumption by up to 90% compared to conventional wastewater treatment. Because our plants are quiet, odorless, and neighborhood-friendly, they are the ideal choice for commercial applications and small communities, including resorts, golf courses, commercial buildings and campuses. Treated effluent is compliant with class A water quality and suitable for recycling.

Our WaaS solutions offer many benefits:

  • No investment on your end
  • Full risk transfer
  • Reduced number of contractual interfaces, resulting in cost savings
  • Long-term visibility on tariffs (costs for the end-client)
  • Access to proven, professional expertise
  • Reduced time to delivery and operations
  • Direct access to innovation throughout the life of the contract
  • Strong operator input in plant design
  • Optimized life cycle
  • Savings on combined sewer and potable water fee

Do you have a water, wastewater, or reuse project that requires financing? Contact our experts to discuss your specific project details, and we’ll work with you to develop the most appropriate finance package for your needs.

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