A consortium of UAE-based Masdar and Egypt’s Infinity Energy has planned to buy a majority stake in Lekela Power from private equity vehicle Actis
According to a report from Reuters, the value of the sale could be worth close to US$1bn.
The deal would provide Masdar with its first assets in southern Africa.
Lekela Power has a portfolio of more than 1GW of wind assets across South Africa, Egypt and Senegal in addition to a 225MW wind project in Ghana. It had begun commercial operations of its 250MW West Bakr wind project in Egypt.
The West Bakr wind farm will produce more than 1,000GWh of renewable electricity every year, which will save more than 530,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
Lekela has developed the project under a build, own, operate (BOO) model. The developer received financing from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the US’ Development Finance Corporation.
Completion of the project has increased Egypt’s installed wind capacity by 18%.
Actis has put BioTherm Energy (BTE) Renewables, another Africa-focused renewable company, up for sale as well, Reuters reported.