Electricite de France chief executive Pierre Gadonneix said yesterday that the company may make a new takeover offer for Constellation Energy Group with buyout firm KKR & Co. and others.
EDF objects to Baltimore-based Constellation's $4.7 billion sale to Warren E. Buffett's MidAmerican Energy Holdings. Its previous offer of $6.2 billion was rejected by Constellation. EDF is Constellation's largest shareholder with a 9.5 percent stake.
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"We are in talks with a number of industrial and financial partners, in particular KKR," Gadonneix said. "Among the partners, some are proposing a counteroffer, but this isn't the only scenario."
He added: "I want a partnership in the U.S. and I won't rule out any option. ..."
A Constellation spokesman declined to comment last night.
Also yesterday, the Maryland Public Service Commission issued two requests for proposals, seeking outside consultants to help the agency evaluate the Constellation-MidAmerican deal.
Constellation and EDF have a joint venture to build nuclear reactors in the United States. That UniStar division said yesterday that Areva SA, the world's largest reactor maker, and U.S. construction company Bechtel won a design contract for a proposed nuclear reactor project at Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland. No financial details were provided.
Bloomberg News and Baltimore Sun reporter Hanah Cho contributed to this article.