Scatec ASA set to start three solar projects in Kenhardt

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Scatec ASA, a renewable energy solutions provider, is starting construction of the three Kenhardt projects in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa under the risk mitigation independent power producer procurement programme (RMIPPPP) after reaching financial close

Once operational, the project will have a total solar capacity of 540MW and battery storage capacity of 225MW/1,140MWh, and provide 150MW of dispatchable power under a 20-year power purchase agreement to the Kenhardt region – in a country that is currently suffering from power shortages.

“Achieving commercial and financial close for the Kenhardt projects shows true commitment by our Scatec team and partners. This project is a first of its kind and will be one of the world’s largest solar and battery facilities. We are now looking forward to starting construction of this unique and exciting project, which will be a major contribution to South Africa’s economy and green energy sector,” said Scatec’s chief executive officer, Terje Pilskog.

“This is an important milestone in the procurement of renewable energy and proves that the sector can be relied upon to deliver much-needed electricity capacity to the grid,” added Jan Fourie, general manager of sub-Saharan Africa at Scatec.

The project will be the largest investment in Scatec’s history with a total capex of approximately US$962mn to be financed by equity from the owners and US$727mn in non-recourse project debt. The debt will be provided by a group of lenders which includes the Standard Bank Group as arranger and British International Investment. The Kenhardt projects are funded in local currency.

Scatec will own 51% of the equity in the project, with H1 Holdings, the company’s local Black Economic Empowerment partner owning 49%. Scatec will be the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider and provide operation and maintenance as well as asset management services to the power plants. The value of Scatec’s development and EPC contract for the project is approximately US$800mn.

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