Power and infrastructure

Africa Energy Forum 2019

Now in its 21st year, the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) is a global investment meeting for Africa’s power, energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors. It brings together senior-level stakeholders from across the energy sector to form partnerships, identify opportunities and collectively move the industry forward.

As power and infrastructure is a key sector for Standard Bank, we are once again taking up the opportunity to sponsor the AEF as Financial Banking Partner. To support this, a delegation of senior members of our power and infrastructure sector, Investment Banking and credit teams will attend and participate, including:

  • Rentia van Tonder: Head of Power
  • Stephen Barnes: Head of Power & Infrastructure
  • George Kotsovos: Executive, Energy & Infrastructure

We have a long-standing track record of working with relevant players across the power value chain to drive progress in Africa, including advising major power utilities. We have diverse experience across hydro-powered, natural gas-fired, coal-fired, nuclear and combined heat power stations, and have become renewable energy project leaders across solar, wind, and waste-to-energy projects. Increasingly, we are working with clients and partners in diversifying the energy mix and investments, including off-grid and storage solutions.

Listen to Stephen Barnes discuss Standard Bank's involvement in AEF 2019.

Read more about Africa’s emerging energy landscape.

View Africa's power landscape.

Driving development

Power is the single biggest driver of economic growth and competition in emerging markets. As these economies grow, so too does their need for infrastructure such as ports, railways, roads, airports, hospitals and schools. Addressing these needs can present a number of challenges, including volatile fuel prices and exchange rates, rising construction costs, along with social and environmental concerns.

Presence and expertise

Our specialist teams in Johannesburg, London and Beijing are experienced in securing finance or refinancing any power and infrastructure transaction, and to structure solutions that will ensure minimal risk and volatility. As a leading bank in Africa, Standard Bank can advise all our clients on transactions, whether from the perspective of an investor, contractor or equipment supplier.

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  • Deep sector expertise - our sector specialists have comprehensive knowledge of the power and infrastructure sector.
  • Extensive value chain knowledge – Standard Bank’s expertise across the sector helps us optimise our clients’ financing requirements along the entire power value chain, from fuel supply and transportation to electricity generation and distribution.
  • Dedicated service – client coordinators function as each client’s dedicated banking partner, managing and coordinating financing and banking requirements across the full capabilities of Standard Bank.
  • Operational insight – through our local operations we provide clients with insight into the issues affecting their business globally.
  • Identifying opportunities – we identify potential projects for our clients and originate deals across Africa.
  • Established clients – Standard Bank’s track record of advising all major power utilities is renowned, particularly in Africa. We have played a key role as lead arranger for power stations in Botswana, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa. Our experience includes hydro-powered, natural gas-fired, coal-fired, nuclear and combined heat power stations, as well as sugar cane fibre bagasse and waste-to-energy projects. We remain involved from inception through to closure of the financing.
  • Renewable energy project leaders – we are active in renewable power projects, such as solar and wind energy, and waste-to-energy projects.
  • Service a diverse client range – our experience includes numerous projects between governments and state agencies that inform our role in public-private partnerships.
  • Risk mitigation – Standard Bank is accomplished at arranging export credit for projects involving cross-border investments, customised political risk structuring involving single or multi-sourced export finance, political risk insurance and development finance products.
  • Leading-edge financing solutions – our holistic, innovative equity raising and debt financing solutions are customised to each client’s specific requirements.
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