Power and infrastructure

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.

Investing in renewable energy

The World Bank estimates that just over 60% of sub-Saharan Africa's population is without electricity. Read more about how we invested in 435MW of renewable energy in South Africa and 37 MW in Namibia in 2018. 

Emerging energy landscape

The advent of renewables, new storage technologies present Africa’s utilities with an opportunity to increase capacity and efficiency while re-kindling their appeal to investors. Read more

Africa's Power Possibilities

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Africa Energy Forum 2019 

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

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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