News: Energy

Eksfin provides NOK 1.2 billion in guarantees in support of major Scatec project in South Africa

Scatec Kenhardt Air

Renewable-energy solutions provider Scatec ASA secures NOK 1.2 billion (USD 102 million) in financial risk reduction for combined solar power/battery plant project in the Northern Cape from state-backed export credit agency Export Finance Norway (Eksfin).

Scatec is set to build three power plants in the South African province with a total of 540 MW of installed solar power and 225 MW of battery capacity. It will be the largest investment in Scatec’s history and one of the largest such projects in the world. The combination of solar power and energy storage makes it possible to maintain a stable supply of clean electricity even when the sun is not shining.

Eksfin - Tone Lunde Bakker
Tone Lunde Bakker, CEO Eksfin Photo: Rasmus Kongsøre

We are proud to collaborate with Scatec, one of the many renewable-energy companies Eksfin has financed. Supporting solar energy projects is critical at a time when the world desperately needs more clean energy.

Eksfin Managing Director Tone Lunde Bakker

Guarantees reach NOK 7 billion

Eksfin has been central to reducing risk throughout Scatec’s international expansion since 2010. It has contributed a total of NOK 7 billion in guarantees for the company’s projects around the world, not only in South Africa but also in Egypt, Brazil, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Czech Republic, Honduras and Ukraine. Guarantees help to increase financial capacity for projects enabling Scatec to grow faster than would otherwise have been possible.

Terje Pilskog, CEO Scatec

Key expansion facilitator

“The world is at a crossroads amid the green shift and the energy crisis. Norway as an energy nation is well placed to play a central role in the development of renewable energy and reaching global climate goals. Eksfin and other Norwegian financial actors are important contributors in helping us get there. Eksfin has certainly been a crucial factor in our international expansion.

Terje Pilskog, CEO at Scatec

Crucial factor for project implementation

Financial risk reduction in the form of guarantees is often decisive for international solar power projects to go ahead. Eksfin has helped to provide guarantees ensuring Scatec delivers as contracted, while also providing loans to the companies that have purchased plants and guarantees ensuring loans will be serviced. Eksfin has also provided guarantees to various authorities, power grid operators and Scatec sub-suppliers.

Eksfin is backing Nordea guarantees ensuring Scatec constructs the plant as contracted and that owners’ equity is duly received. Loans are being provided by South Africa’s Standard Bank and UK development finance institution British International Investment (BII). 

At Nordea we greatly appreciate our long and close cooperation with Scatec as the company’s main bank. Together with Eksfin we have devised good solutions that have supported the company’s growth and its important contribution to renewable-energy development and the green shift.

Mona Tørudstad, Head of Energy Norway at Nordea

Strong market presence

With a significant organisation in place in Cape Town, Scatec has previously delivered six large power plants in South Africa with total capacity of 448 MW. The current solar/battery project involves total CAPEX of close to USD 1 billion and will significantly increase access to renewable energy in the country. 

Read more about: