Mainstream achieves FC for three wind farms in South Africa

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Mainstream achieves FC for three wind farms in South Africa

Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power has achieved financial close for three wind farms in South Africa with a combined capacity of 360 MW.

In October 2013 a consortium led by Mainstream was awarded the contracts for the three wind farms by the Department of Energy in South Africa under the third round of its Renewable Energy Procurement Programme. The wind farms, which are all located in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, represent an investment of approximately ZAR9 billion (US$762.5 million) and are expected to commence construction this month.

The South African wind farms that have reached financial close are:

The debt for the projects has been arranged and underwritten by Barclays and the Development Bank of Southern Africa. The consortium of Murray & Roberts and Conco has been appointed as construction contractor and Siemens Wind will supply and install the wind turbines. Simmons & Simmons and Bowman & Gilfillan acted as Lenders’ Legal Advisor. Fasken Martineau and Stoel Rives acted as Sponsor Legal Counsel.

The equity members of the consortium consist of:

  • Mainstream Renewable Power.
  • Actis, through its Actis Energy 3 Fund, a leading energy investor in emerging markets.
  • Thebe Investment Corporation; one of South Africa’s most established broad based BEE Investment management companies (advised by Bridge Capital).
  • The IDEAS Managed Fund, managed by Old Mutual Investment Group, one of Africa’s largest independent investment managers.
  • Futuregrowth Asset Management, a leading investor in developmental assets.
  • Genesis Eco-Energy in partnership with Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital.

Barry Lynch, Mainstream’s Managing Director, Onshore Procurement, Construction and Operations stated:

“The team here at Mainstream is delighted with our success today. Mainstream has been awarded more megawatts than any other Developer under the South African Government’s Renewable Energy Procurement Programme. Between Rounds 1 and 3 we have been awarded six projects with a combined capacity of nearly 600 megawatts. We are delighted to have recently delivered three wind and solar farms from Round 1 into commercial operation on budget and once again we are working with many of the same debt and equity partners, construction contractors and turbine supplier. Partnerships are very important for us and our success in South Africa is a great example of this.”

“Globally, Mainstream continues its aggressive wind and solar expansion programme; we have hundreds of megawatts in construction and operation in Ireland, Chile, Canada and of course South Africa. We are close to putting additional projects into construction in Chile in the coming months and recently received consent to build and operate two multi-billion pound offshore wind farms in the UK.”

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