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Finance, Contracts and Risk Mitigation for Private Power Investment in Africa

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Description

Sub-Saharan Africa is plagued by a severe shortage of power, with far-reaching consequences for social and economic development. Governments are unable to mobilise sufficient capital and as a result, private independent power projects (IPPs) are now one of the fastest growing new sources of investment in the sector.

A strategic area of concern is the lack of capacity and experience in the key areas of project finance, associated contracts such as Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), and risk mitigation measures - including credit enhancement, security measures, and political insurance.

To plug this skills gap and unlock growth and investment in the sector, the Management Programme in Infrastructure Reform and Regulation (MIR) at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, is offering this specialised short course on “Finance, Contracts and Risk Mitigation for Private Power Projects in Africa”.

The course will cover both theory and practice in power sector financing and a number of Africa-specific case studies will facilitate participant learning. The core elements of Requests for Proposals, PPAS, Implementation Agreements, and Direct Agreements, amongst other contracts, will also be covered as well key measures to de-risk projects. In addition to grid-connected projects (including the breakthrough of renewable energy projects), the course will also explore case studies in captive power projects, minigrid projects and stand-alone systems.

Is this course for me?

Board members, managers and staff in utilities, government, regulatory authorities, and a range of professionals in the private sector, including project developers, financiers, legal and technical advisors, consultants and civil society could all benefit greatly from this course.

Key take-outs

  • Explore international and regional best practice for private sector power investments.
  • Gain the skills and knowledge to understand and analyse private power investments in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Gain a detailed understanding of project finance, key project contracts and risk mitigation & credit enhancement measures.
  • Facilitate the development of a peer network for on-going knowledge exchange.

Who should attend

Board members, managers and staff in utilities, government, regulatory authorities, and a range of professionals in the private sector, including project developers, financiers, legal and technical advisors, consultants and civil society could all benefit greatly from this course.

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Daniel Gross is a private equity and infrastructure investor focused upon renewable energy and clean technology. He has served as a Managing Director at both Pegasus Capital Advisors and Oaktree Capital Management. Mr. Gross was one of the founding Partners of Hudson Clean Energy, a private equi...
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND 1965-1969 Matriculated first class, Grey High School 1971-1975 BSc (Chem Eng), University of Cape Town 1976-1978 BA (with distinction), Univ. of South Africa 1979-1982 PhD, University of Edinburgh Fields of Specialisation: Economics, management, restructuring and regul...
Over 15 years of experience in wide-range of financing transactions, with an emphasis on infrastructure project finance and sovereign debt. Anthony works in the Financial Structuring and PPPs unit of the World Bank where he assists with the mobilization of private sector financing (for infrastruc...
Jasandra Nyker is the CEO of BioTherm Energy, a renewable energy investment and project development platform focused on sub‐Saharan Africa. She is on the board of SAWEA (South African Wind Energy Association), and is one of just three South Africans on the World Economic Forum’s 2012 list of Youn...
Jay Govender is a Director and Sector Head of our Projects & Energy Sector. She has extensive experience, both for public and private sector, in public-private partnerships (PPPs), infrastructure development, power projects, due diligence exercises, public procurement, regulatory advice and o...
Lisa joined Actis in 2016 to focus on originating and managing energy investments, primarily in Africa. Lisa has 10 years of experience in power sector investing and 20 years of experience in emerging markets, most recently as Director of Africa Investments at American Capital Energy & Infras...
Sherrill Byrne is an Executive in the Energy and Infrastructure Finance team at Standard Bank. Sherrill has been involved in project finance in the energy and infrastructure space for over 10 years and has closed more than 15 Power IPP projects across the African continent including South Africa,...

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