MILAN, May 18 (Reuters) - Italy’s biggest utility Enel would look at any assets of smaller rival EDP that came to market in case of a break up of the Portuguese energy group, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.
Earlier this month China’s state-owned utility China Three Gorges launched a bid to take control of Portugal’s biggest company in a deal that would be worth 9.07 billion euros ($10.7 billion).
Enel, which controls Spanish utility Endesa, has previously said it is not interested in large-size acquisitions but would consider smaller bolt-on deals.
In an interview with Reuters in April Enel CEO Francesco Starace said the group would look at assets in Europe that came to market from break-ups.
Europe’s biggest utility is currently locked in a bidding war with Spain’s Iberdrola to buy Brazil’s largest power distribution company Eletropaulo Metropolitana SA . ($1 = 0.8495 euros) (Reporting by Stephen Jewkes Editing by Catherine Evans)