ENGIE and Meridiam buy 340MW of ACTIS/BTE renewables portfolio in Kenya and South Africa

  • ENGIE and Meridiam have announced a Sales and Purchase Agreement with ACTIS on the full scope of BTE Renewables, a developer, owner and operator of renewable assets on the African continent, with an operating presence in South Africa and Kenya.
  • The deal includes a carve-out of the Kenyan assets by ENGIE to Meridiam at closing.

The acquisition of BTE will bring an additional 340 MW net of renewable operating assets to ENGIE (150 MW of onshore wind and 190 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV), a portfolio of more than 3 GW of advanced development pipeline/projects in a growing renewables market with robust regulatory framework and a team of around 80 recognized professionals.

The acquisition further strengthens ENGIE’s strong presence in South Africa and will capitalize on the Group’s industrial value in the country, where ENGIE already operates 1.3 GW of assets, among which more than 300 MW of renewable ones (200 MW of concentrating solar-thermal power plants (CSP), 21 MW of solar PV assets and 94 MW of onshore wind assets).

Meridiam acquires the 100 MW Kipeto Wind Farm, which is located approximately 70 kilometers south of Nairobi, and has been operational since July 2021. Also included is the 50 MW Siruai greenfield wind project with storage under development. Located adjacent to the current Kipeto site, it is scheduled to become Kenya’s first battery storage facility. In parallel, more than 100 MW of additional solar PV projects’ opportunities have been identified.

Completion of the transaction is expected by Q4 2023, subject to the fulfilment of certain authorizations including merger control clearance from relevant competition authorities.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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