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Energy and Infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa

Across five Africa hub offices including South Africa (Johannesburg (2 offices) and Durban), Mauritius (Port Louis) and Tunisia (Tunis), Our Eversheds Sutherland Africa Group is committed to deepening existing relationships and pulling together their knowledge and skills to assist new and existing clients. Our commitment to supporting the growth of the African continent is underlined by our innovative Eversheds Sutherland Africa Alliance (ESAA) initiative.

ESAA is a unique entity that provides member law firms in Africa with access to training, knowledge sharing programmes and commercial opportunities on a regional and international basis.

Our clients in Africa include African governments, African Development Bank, Anglo American, Babcock & Brown, East African Development Bank, European Investment Bank, FMC Technologies, InfraCo Africa and IFC.

Clean energy

A selection of our recent key deals include advising:

  • InfraCo Africa on its investment with JCM Power, committing up to US$2.3 million to co-develop the Golomoti Solar project in Malawi
  • an Africa-focused infrastructure fund on the US$30 million debt and equity investment in the 20MW geothermal power plant in the Corbetti caldera in Ethiopia
  • an African Development Fund on structuring the proposed financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a 15MW ground mounted solar PV farm in Benin

Key contacts

Michelle T Davies
Partner, International Head of Clean Energy and Sustainability
Email
+44 29 2047 7553

 

 

Infrastructure

A selection of our recent key deals include advising:

  • The Government of Rwanda on the construction and development of the Bugesera airport in Rwanda. We advised the government on its project for the new greenfield airport site in Kigali which included the procurement and negotiation of the EPC contract with Mota Engil
  • pan-African Multilateral Development Financial Institution on a major road concession project in Ghana to be carried out on a PPP basis
  • an African Development Bank on the restructuring of the Transrail railway concession between Dakar, Senegal and Bamako, Mali
  • IFC and the Government of Liberia in relation to a healthcare PPP project for diagnostics, laboratory and imaging services in Monrovia

Key contacts

Dominic Lacey
Partner, Global Head of Transport
Email
+44 147 328 4574

 

 

Oil and gas

A selection of our recent key deals include advising:

  • on enforcement of a foreign arbitral award of £158 million in the English High Court against the State of Nigeria and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
  • Addax & Oryx on a highly innovative transaction involving the development and then sale of a petroleum jetty in Sierra Leone
  • the Government of Libya on three separate investment treaty disputes relating to force majeure issues concerning events around the Arab Spring resulting in damage in excess of US$2 billion and claims of around US$500 million

Key contacts

Jubilee Easo
Legal Director
Email
+44 207 919 0890

 

 

Greg Falkof
Partner, Oil and Gas Disputes
Email
+44 20 7919 0850

 

 

Conventional power and water

A selection of our recent key deals include advising:

  • European power company on the structure and terms of its contracting arrangements for a thermal power project in Ghana and the associated financing issues
  • a South African utility company in relation to a PPP contract for a hydropower dam, and the renegotiation of the PPA, O&M and EPC contracts. We also subsequently assisted in with the operator’s exit from the operation contract. This is a very large scale project involving negotiations at the highest level in Mali
  • the Republic of Cameroon on the structure of the Nachtigal 420MW Hydroelectric power plant project. Advice included: negotiating and reviewing the project documents; risk allocation; PPA; concession; finance documents and constitution of the SPV

Key contacts

Warren Beech
Partner, Head of Mining and Infrastructure
Email
+27 836 566 584

 

 

Mining

A selection of our recent key deals include advising:

  • an African community investment company in six separate highprofile mine fatalities - this included regulatory matters, an inquiry in terms of the acquisition of product, transportation, storage, port and related aspects MHSA, civil and criminal matters
  • JSE-listed coal development and operating company in relation to various off-take, transport and sale of product for domestic and international markets
  • A South African mining company in Mpumalanga in relation to the collapse of a Crown Pillar. This included advice in relation to business rescue, various funding arrangements and governmental investigations and inquiries

Key contacts

Warren Beech
Partner, Head of Mining and Infrastructure
Email
+27 836 566 584