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Brookfield said to be considering buying Abengoa’s stake in Atlantica

A tower belonging to the Abengoa Solar plant is seen at ‘Solucar’ solar park in Sanlucar la Mayor, near the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, January 26, 2016.

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Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is in advanced talks to buy the 41.5-per-cent stake in Atlantica Yield PLC held by Abengoa SA as the beleaguered Spanish solar-energy company seeks to cut debt, according to people familiar with the matter.

Brookfield's clean-energy unit, Brookfield Renewable Partners LP, and Abengoa could reach an agreement within weeks, the people said, asking not to be identified because the deliberations are private. No final decisions have been made and other bidders also remain interested in the stake, the people said.

Representatives for Abengoa and Brookfield, Canada's largest alternative asset manager, declined to comment. A representative for Atlantica Yield didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Atlantica Yield's shares climbed as much as 5.1 per cent, the steepest gain since July.

Brookfield this year agreed to acquire all of TerraForm Global Inc. and a controlling stake in TerraForm Power Inc., bankrupt SunEdison Inc.'s two yieldcos that would come with almost four gigawatts of wind and solar.

Abengoa, which last year faced becoming Spain's largest insolvency, may suffer new financial pressures after losing a court case brought by disgruntled creditors. The Seville-based company filed for preliminary creditor protection in 2015 after failing to raise capital and struggling under debt built up through years of overseas expansion. Following the restructuring, a group including Elliott Management Corp., Centerbridge Partners and Varde Partners became its largest shareholder.

Atlantica Yield is considered a yieldco, created to buy and operate power plants and provide capital for the developer to build new projects.

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