- Bloomberg reports that Actis is poised to sell its stake in Lekela Power (Lekela) to Masdar and Egypt’s Infinity Energy.
- Lekela has renewable energy projects totalling 1300MW in South Africa, Egypt, Senegal and Ghana.
- Actis helped set up Lekela in 2015.
The private equity company has entered into exclusive talks with Infinity Power, a joint venture between Masdar and Egypt’s Infinity Energy, to buy the 60% stake, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is not public.
Actis has about $16.3-billion assets under management and has done 165 exits. Masdar and Infinity Energy didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comment. Actis declined to comment.
Lekela’s other investor is Mainstream Renewable Power, backed by billionaire Kjell Inge Rokke’s Aker.
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Author: Bryan Groenendaal