One of South Africa’s largest financial services groups, Standard Bank, has confirmed a $120 million debt package with Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC), for the rehabilitation of existing power infrastructure at Kariba South Hydro Power Station and Hwange Thermal Power Station.
According to BizNis Africa media, Standard Bank has partnered with the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank) to secure the funding.
“The transaction was a continuation of a previous funding arrangement with ZPC, which went towards their contribution into the 300MW expansion at Kariba South Hydro Power Station,” BizNis Africa reported.
Debt package urgently required
Tandiwe Njobe, Standard Bank Regional Head for Investment Banking, said: “This funding will assist in improving access to power for Zimbabwe and Namibia, and in the medium to long term, benefits of improved power supply and reliability will also extend to other Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) members.
The proceeds will be applied to significant capital expenditure which will increase capacity and improve efficiency of the power stations.”
“Without reliable access to power, industry and economic growth are negatively impacted,” she said. Read more…
Njobe explained: “This is a landmark transaction in which we could leverage our sector and technical expertise in both markets, as well as our understanding of the regional power dynamics and local regulatory environments, to deliver value to ZPC and Namibia Power Corporation, (NamPower).
“To make this transaction work we engaged with four regulatory bodies and key policy makers in four ministries in Namibia and Zimbabwe.”
BizNis Africa reported that the facility is cross border, placing reliance for repayment on a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between ZPC and NamPower. ZPC has a long track record of delivering power to NamPower.
The PPA provides a long term and sustainable cash flow stream to ZPC, enabling the entity to raise further funding for new projects and now for the rehabilitation of existing infrastructure. Read more…
Njobe concluded: “It was important for us to support the regional power sector through this loan facility. The facility is significant in its contribution to increasing power generation in a region which has an on-going deficit and a clear need for dependable and sustainable power supply.”