A.P. Moller Capital has acquired 44% of Cabeólica from the Africa Finance Corporation

Through the Africa Infrastructure Fund, A.P. Moller Capital has just acquired a 44% stake in Cabeólica S.A., which runs four wind farms on the islands of Santiago (9.35MW), São Vicente (5.95MW), Sal (7.65 MW) and Boa Vista (2.55 MW) in Cabo Verde.

The stake was acquired from the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), who has been part of the project since 2020. The AFC will continue to hold a 50% stake in Cabeólica, alongside the Government of Cape Verde and its national utility Electra, who together own the remaining 6% stake.

The Cabeólica wind farms were sub-Saharan Africa’s first wind power public-private partnership (PPP) project upon their commissioning in 2011. Back then, Cabo Verde’s electricity generation relied heavily on imported diesel, which came at significant financial and environmental costs. Consequently, the development of 25.5 MW of wind power generation capacity not only helped the archipelago reach its renewable energy targets, but also decrease its national electricity bill.

The PPP took shape in the late 2000s with an agreement between InfraCo Africa, Cabo Verde’s Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Energy, and Electra SARL, the local electricity concessionary company. The partnership welcomed the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and the Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation as strategic partners and majority investors in Cabeólica S.A. in 2010, and reached financial close the same year.

It resulted in the development of four different windfarms for a total installed capacity of 25.5MW. 30 Vestas model V52-850kW wind turbines were installed, along with four substations and 33.5km of power cables. The onshore wind farms represent Cabo Verde’s first independent power producer (IPP) project and have all been successfully operating since 2012. Cabeólica was recognised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project in 2013.

A.P. Moller Capital has been increasing its investment across sub-Saharan Africa’s power industry this year. In April, it notably acquired Iberafrica Power from Naturgy and took control of its 52.5 MW thermal power plant in Kenya. A month later, it established a new joint-venture with Reunert called Lumika Renewables to develop of portfolio of cost efficient renewable energy solutions across the continent.  

Details on the Cabeólica Wind Farms are available in the “Projects” section within your Hawilti+ research terminal.

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Namibia is poised to become the renewable energy hub of Africa

by Hage G. Geingob, President of Namibia, Office of the President of Namibia for the World Economic Forum Namibia launched its Second Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPPII) in March 2021. The country is on course to develop a green and blue economy as articulated under the economic advancement pillar of the plan. By electrifying key parts of its economy, the Namibian government will spur unprecedented economic activity and growth for citizens. In March 2021, as I launched Namibia’s Second Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPPII), I reflected on the need to emphasize the importance of multilateralism in our efforts to foster an enduring economic recovery. Namibia’s policy on international relations and cooperation is anchored in multilateralism because our very independence was a product of international solidarity. We are a nation that was midwifed by the United Nations. It is for this reason that as we crafted our green economic recovery plan; we knew that it had to build a more sustainable future for our children and their children. Namibia is a small, open economy that is impacted by independent intervening variables, including climate change and its disruptive consequences. Our economy is heavily reliant on the agricultural sector, which employs more than 20% of our labor force. Namibia experiences recurrent droughts, the most recent of which have been recorded as the worst in history. These droughts can be linked to climate change, which according to the 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, is unequivocally a man-made phenomenon. Therefore, Namibians must play a role in crafting climate-change solutions, not just for the sake of our citizens, but indeed for the global community at large. Accordingly, Namibia is poised to tackle climate change, by establishing a green economy that will drive our economic recovery as envisioned for African countries by African Heads of State during the launch of the African Union Continental Green Recovery Action Plan. In this context, we have ambitious plans to develop green and blue economies as articulated under the economic advancement pillar of our HPPII. The feasibility of these plans is underscored by the abundant availability of sunlight throughout the year and proximity to billions of cubic meters of seawater and vast marine resources in the Atlantic Ocean. We have the potential to capture around 10 hours of strong sunlight per day for 300 days per year. As a result, Namibia has some of the highest solar irradiance potential of any country in Africa, which is sufficient to provide power for our people and our neighbours. It is with this potential in mind that we have entered into a partnership with the Government of Botswana and the United States – under the auspices of USAID’s Power Africa – which culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Intent in April 2021. With support from the global community, we intend to utilize the abundance of sunlight to produce solar power for our own benefit and for our neighbours. The generation of solar power will complement Namibia’s available green energy portfolio, such as hydro-electricity, which already constitutes more than two-thirds of our installed power capacity. Electrifying key parts of our economy and of our neighbours will spur unprecedented economic activity and growth for Namibia and Southern Africa. A Green Hydrogen Economy It is well known that clean electricity is not available in sufficient quantities to adequately supply global demand. This challenge was underlined in the Net Zero by 2050 report published by the International Energy Association (IEA), which noted that hard-to-abate sectors – like cement, steel and chemicals, road trucking, container shipping, and aviation – will need green hydrogen if the world is to remain on course to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Namibia is better-positioned resource-wise, as well as having the political will to answer that clarion call. To produce green hydrogen competitively a country would need world-class transmission infrastructure, international port facilities, world-class wind and solar resources, access to sustainable sources of clean water (without displacing existing consumers), lots of land and a conducive legislative environment. These are all ingredients that Namibia has. Already, our country is home to the largest desalination plant in Southern Africa, meaning that the conditions for producing abundant clean water in a desert country are conducive. Once Namibia has successfully incubated the green hydrogen economy, it will enable the country to become a supplier of energy, rather than an importer. Judging from the scale of the initial proposals submitted to Namibia by interested investors, these renewable projects, relative to the size of Namibia’s economy, will be greatly transformative to the Namibian economy. Currently, at its peak, the economy consumes about 640 megawatts of power per annum whereas the proposals presented to government entail investments that could produce 10 times that amount of peak generation capacity in the next 10 years. But Namibians will not have to wait until 2030 to start enjoying the benefits of our green revolution because construction of the pilot plants will begin within the next 12 months. A New Frontier The required infrastructure for power trading already exists. About 40% of Namibia’s power currently comes from South Africa and is primarily driven by coal-fired power plants. We imagine a reality where Namibia exports clean energy to South Africa thereby assisting the Southern African region to decarbonize. Namibia also boasts world-class port infrastructure in the cities of Luderitz to the south, and Walvis Bay to the east. Renewable electricity, and green hydrogen and its derivatives, provide Namibia with a real opportunity to attract meaningful foreign direct investment, create well-paying jobs, further diversify its export basket, and improve its terms of trade. Therefore, the development of a green and blue economy, as well as a green hydrogen industry, are some of the cornerstones of the HPPII. As Namibia embarks on this new frontier, it is imperative that its vision of shared prosperity on the national, regional and global levels is realized. Meaning that we do not neglect those without access to political and economic power today nor exclude those who currently rely on carbon fuels. COVID-19 has already widened the existing chasm of inequality, a scourge Namibia is all too familiar with.

Nigeria’s NNPC has broken ground on 50 MW emergency power project in Borno State

A groundbreaking ceremony was held over the weekend for the 50 MW Maiduguri & Environs Emergency Power Project (MEPP), in presence of Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum and the NNPC Group Managing Director Mallam Mele Kyari. The contract for the project had been signed last month with the China Machinery and Engineering Corporation (CMEC) and GE, acting respectively as EPC contractor and supplier of the plant’s gas turbines.