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Agreement between Italgas and A2A for the reciprocal transfer of assets
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Milan, October 8, 2019 - Italgas and A2A signed yesterday in Milan an agreement for the mutual transfer of some assets in order to strengthen their respective core businesses. In particular, Italgas Reti (Italgas Group) commits to sell to A2A Calore & Servizi (A2A Group) all the district heating activities currently managed in the municipality of Cologno Monzese (Milan); at the same time, Unareti (A2A Group) will sell to Italgas the natural gas distribution activities managed in seven municipalities in the ATEM Alessandria 4. The district heating plant at Cologno Monzese consists of a transport and distribution network of over 8 kilometers, serving 52 heat exchange substations with heat sales of approximately 26.1 GWh. The seven gas distribution networks in the municipalities of Castelnuovo Scrivia, Pecetto di Valenza, Bassignana, Rivarone, Guazzora, Montecastello and Pietra Marazzi cover a total of over 140 kilometres and serve about 4,200 users. The agreements are expected to be finalised by December 2019 and are subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions precedent. “The operation allows us to sell a secondary business to the benefit of the Group's core business – commented Italgas CEO Paolo Gallo – and thanks to the acquisition of a further seven distribution networks, we are strengthening our presence in a historic region such as Piedmont, bringing our market share in ATEM Alessandria 4 to 15%”. “This agreement represents a step forward consistent with the development and focus choices outlined in our Industrial Plan, a further step in terms of circular economy and sustainability - says Valerio Camerano, CEO of the A2A Group - District heating, of which we are leaders in Italy with over 40 years of experience in the areas of Milan, Brescia and Bergamo, represents a valid response to the protection of the air quality of our cities, to the benefit of citizens and territories".