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Mintz Represents NET Power on $1.459 Billion Business Combination with Rice Acquisition Corp. II

BOSTON – Mintz advised NET Power, LLC, a clean energy technology company whose proprietary technology delivers clean, reliable and low-cost power from natural gas, in its planned business combination with Rice Acquisition Corp II (NYSE: RONI), a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). 

The transaction represents an implied pro forma enterprise value of approximately $1.459 billion. $235 million of committed investments – with participation from the Rice family, Occidental (OXY), Constellation (CEG), 8 Rivers, HITE Hedge and NGP – are expected to fund corporate operations through planned commercialization in 2026. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2023 subject to customary closing conditions, with shares of the combined company expected to be listed on the NYSE under the symbol “NPWR.”

NET Power’s proprietary process combines oxy-combustion (combustion of natural gas with pure oxygen) with a supercritical CO2 power generation cycle to generate electricity. The process inherently captures more than 97% of produced CO2 for sequestration or utilization.

The Mintz team that advised NET Power was led by Member and Chair of the firm’s Energy & Sustainability Practice Thomas R. Burton, III and included Chair of the Projects & Infrastructure Practice Ayaz R. Shaikh, Member Jeffrey P. Schultz, and Of Counsel Kristopher L. Kirkwood.

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