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Africa Finance Corporation increases stake in Cabeólica Wind Farm

Lagos, 18 February, 2016: Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has completed the purchase of InfraCo Africa’s stake in the Cabeólica Wind Farm. The deal follows the share purchase agreement signed on 6 May 2015 in which AFC agreed to purchase InfraCo Africa’s remaining stake in the project.
 
Cabeólica is the first privately-financed sustainable wind farm on a commercial scale in sub-Saharan Africa. Operating across four of Cape Verde’s islands (Boa Vista, Sao Vincente, Sal and Santiago) and consisting of over 30 wind turbines, it has a total installed capacity of 25.5MW, equivalent to around 20% of Cape Verde’s energy needs. To date, Cabeólica has generated over 300,000 MWh of clean wind power.
 
The project has transformed Cape Verde’s access to electricity. Prior to becoming operational, the islands suffered from chronic power shortages and were heavily dependent on imported oil, with only 2% of the country’s energy needs being sourced from wind power. Today, Cape Verde benefits from a reliable and extended electricity grid.
 
Andrew Alli, President & CEO of Africa Finance Corporation said:
 
“We are very excited to take a larger part in this ground-breaking project. Cabeólica provides access to electricity for 360,000 people, which is about 72% of the Cape Verde population. The project is staffed entirely by skilled Cape Verdean employees and with sustainability at its core; it has avoided an estimated 55,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year and averted the need to import 15 million litres of diesel a year.  The additional share purchase will allow further expansion and other uses of wind energy in Cape Verde.  We are very proud of our growing work in addressing Cape Verde’s  energy needs though sustainable measures, all the while seeking a competitive return on investment for our shareholders.”
 
 About AFC - www.africafc.org
 
AFC, an international investment grade multilateral finance institution, was established in 2007 with an equity capital base of US$1 billion, to be the catalyst for private sector infrastructure investment across Africa.  With a current balance sheet size of approximately US$3.2 billion, AFC is now the second highest investment grade rated multilateral financial institution in Africa with an A3/P2 (Stable outlook) rating from Moody’s Investors Service. In May 2015, AFC successfully concluded a debut US$750 million Eurobond issue which was 7 times oversubscribed and attracted investors from Asia, Europe and the USA. 
 
AFC’s investment approach combines specialist industry expertise with a focus on financial and technical advisory, project structuring, project development and risk capital to address Africa’s infrastructure development needs and drive sustainable economic growth. 
 
AFC invests in high quality infrastructure assets that provide essential services in the core infrastructure sectors of power, natural resources, heavy industry, transport, and telecommunications. 
 
AFC has become the benchmark institution for private sector power project development and investment in Africa.
 
 
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