Chief Executive Officer, Reyburn Hendricks is interviewed on the MoneywebNOW show, on 28th April 2021

Soon-to-be-listed Revego Africa Energy Limited invests in leading South African concentrated solar power plant

Revego Africa Energy Limited (Revego), has announced its first major acquisition, in the form of a 12% stake in the 50 MW Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) asset in the Northern Cape for R204 million.

Bokpoort CSP is one of South Africa’s premier CSP projects and fulfils Revego’s mandate of investing in operational, dividend-earning renewable assets. Revego is buying the stake from Metier, one of South Africa’s leading private equity firms, who manages the Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital fund.

Bokpoort CSP is a 50MW plant run as an independent power producer, with Saudi Arabian based ACWA Power International acting as the operational partner.

Bokpoort CSP was one of the first CSP projects in South Africa under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme. It is unusual among renewable energy projects in that it has significant energy storage onsite in the form of thermal salt storage. It recently became the first renewable facility in Africa to complete a full week of continuous operations, going on to run continuously for 13 days using its onsite storage. It also claimed the record as South Africa’s largest infrastructure refinancing transaction, of approximately R5bn. 

Reyburn Hendricks, CEO of Revego, says the Bokpoort CSP acquisition is an important first step towards building the Revego portfolio. “The economics of the acquisition stack up well – Bokpoort CSP is backed by a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Eskom, supported by government guarantees, and with a power tariff indexed to the Consumer Price Index,” he argues. “Our investment team also has expertise in renewable energy acquisitions and the complexities of CSP technology.”

Hendricks adds that a major part of Revego’s strategy is to provide a viable option to early-stage investors in renewable projects. “These are investors whose investment objective have been achieved, such as private equity firms or sponsors looking for an exit, BEE investors looking to realise gains or redeploy capital, or REIPPP investors wanting to liquidate their holdings into cash or into a listed asset such as Revego,” he explains.

In this case, Metier was looking to realise its investment in a project in which it has been involved from the outset, from site identification through to successful operation. Partners Marc Immerman and Michael Goldblatt with Metier and Lereko and supported by the Industrial Development Corporation, initiated the Bokpoort CSP project and were active throughout the entire development, construction and operational periods.

This was part of Metier’s sustainable capital practice, which targets investments in energy efficiency, renewables, water and waste management businesses, as well as projects supporting Africa’s development objectives and environmental commitments.

Goldblatt says Metier is proud of the role it has played in bringing Bokpoort CSP to where it is today.  “In addition to a well-operated and significant renewable plant on the South African grid, we also leave a lasting legacy of extensive and successful socio-economic development programmes implemented in the local community, including a comprehensive youth centre, a farming ownership programme, school feeding vegetable gardens, and bursaries for local students amongst others. We are confident that Revego, alongside other shareholders, will continue to take the project from strength to strength.”

The Bokpoort CSP acquisition ahead of the listing of Revego on the JSE, has been funded through a bridge facility provided by Investec Bank. Investec is also a cornerstone investor in Revego, alongside UKCI, a joint venture between the Green Investment Group and the UK government and the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund.

About Revego Africa Energy Limited (Revego): Revego is a yield-focused specialist BEE investment vehicle that will participate principally as an equity investor in, predominately, operational renewable energy assets in sub-Saharan Africa with a track record of generating stable cash flows. Revego aims to provide Shareholders with an initial dividend yield of approximately 9% – 10% and will seek to increase this dividend yield over time, with a targeted yield to maturity of approximately 11%.

About Bokpoort CSP:  Bokpoort CSP is a 50 MW concentrated solar power project that was selected as the only CSP plant in the second round of the REIPPP. The plant is located in a rural area of the Northern Cape Province, 120km south east of Upington. Bokpoort CSP is structured as an independent power producer, with Saudi Arabian based ACWA Power International acting as the operational partner. Bokpoort CSP is project financed based on a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement with Eskom, supported by government guarantees, with a power tariff indexed with CPI. The project uses CSP trough technology which currently makes up the bulk of the installed base of global CSP capacity and has a thermal energy storage capacity of 1 300MWh (thermal), equivalent to about 9.5 hours of operation. The plant draws water from the Orange River through a dedicated pipeline. The R5.1 billion project started commercial operations in March 2016 and has been operating successfully since commissioning.

About Metier:

Metier is an independent private equity fund management business with a proven track record in Africa spanning four decades. Metier’s Sustainable Capital Practice has garnered significant traction since its inception in 2010. The practice targets investment in energy efficiency, renewables, water and waste management businesses and projects supporting Africa’s development objectives and environmental commitments.

Revego Fund Managers (Pty) Ltd. is an authorised Financial Services Provider (FSP number 47561). 

The Revego Podcast Series

Ahead of the Revego Africa Energy Fund listing, we discuss the future of renewables as an investment theme, and Revego's investment case. Our panel includes experts from the industry and the Revego team, moderated by Chris Yelland, energy analyst and managing director of EE Business Intelligence.
How Africa can drive the global clean energy transition.

Africa’s power and energy challenges – but abundance of renewable energy sources – also make it the continent best positioned to lead the transition to clean energy.

In this episode, the panel unpacks the concept of renewable energy – how it differs from other forms of energy, where it fits into the overall energy universe – but also discuss why renewables could be the solution for reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels as well as why Africa can drive that change.

Panellists: Abel Mjiyako, Chief Technical Officer at Revego Fund Managers and Dieter Matzner, a power and infrastructure consultant at Investec Bank

Building, owning and operating an independent power producer (IPP).

Independent power producers have a particularly relevant role to play in South Africa (and the rest of the continent), to both meet rising power demand and to do so in a way that has a minimal impact on the environment. In this episode, our panellists discuss the IPP landscape, the role they play in meeting energy demand and the specific requirements and challenges of operating an IPP.

Panellists: Mike Meeser, chief investment officer, Revego Fund Managers; Ziyaad Sarang, chief financial officer, Revego Fund Managers and Mo Hoosen, head of power and gas, ENGIE Africa

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Panellists: Reyburn Hendricks, chief executive officer of Revego Africa Energy Limited and Mike Meeser, chief investment officer, Revego Fund Managers
Earning an attractive yield while building the renewables sector.

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There is a lot of jargon in the market when it comes investing in the renewables sector. In this episode, we cut through the jargon and highlight the key things investors should look at when considering an investment in a yieldco such as Revego Africa Investments Energy Limited, which makes its debut on the JSE this year.

PanellistsJarrett Geldenhuys, head of South African Equity Capital Markets, Investec Bank; Marnus Terblanche, corporate finance, Investec Bank and Ziyaad Sarang, chief financial officer, Revego Fund Managers

Investec’s R1bn fund to buy up stakes in SA green power projects

The investment vehicle, set up with UK Climate Investments, wants equity in operating renewable energy projects

Investec Bank and UK Climate Investments have set up a R1bn investment vehicle to buy assets under SA’s green power programme. The vehicle, Revego Africa Energy Limited, is expected to list on the JSE by June 2019 where it hopes to raise another R1bn to invest in operating renewable energy projects. Also newly incorporated is the majority black-owned Revego Fund Managers, which will manage Revego’s investments.

R12bn Kathu Solar Park goes commercial

Commercial operations at the R12 billion Kathu Solar Park have commenced.

Located in the Northern Cape province, the 100MW Kathu solar power plant accomplished its first synchronisation to the national grid in November last year.

Constructed by SENER and ACCIONA Industrial, Kathu has an installed capacity of 100MW. It will allow clean energy to be supplied to 179 000 homes in the Northern Cape province and prevent the emission of six million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere over the next 20 years.

Aurora Wind Power starts commercial operation of the West Coast 1 wind farm

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West Coast 1 will allow for an offset of an estimated 5.6 million tonnes of CO2 over the 20-year duration of its Power Purchase Agreement.

ENGIE holds a 43% equity stake in the project, while Investec Bank Limited (“Investec”) holds 34.5% and KTH 20%. The remaining 2.5% has been allocated to a Community Trust, for the purpose of developing and sustaining the surrounding community. Vestas supplied the forty seven 2 MW wind turbines, and will also be charged with the long term service of the facility. The construction of West Coast 1, which started in June 2013, created more than 600 jobs, 450 of which were for surrounding communities. 

Investec, UK Climate Investments commit R1bn for renewable energy in Africa

One billion rand has been committed towards Africa’s renewable energy.

Investec Bank and UK Climate Investments are equally putting this billion rand for a renewable energy investment vehicle in the continent. This project will be managed by an incorporated majority black owned fund manager, Revego. Michael Meeser, CIO of Revego Fund Managers joins CNBC Africa for more.