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FINANCE, CONTRACTS & RISK MITIGATION FOR PRIVATE POWER PROJECTS

UNDERSTAND POWER SECTOR FINANCING

Gain critical expertise

Finance, Contracts and Risk Mitigation for Private Power Investment in Africa (Power Sector Financing) is a specialised short course at the UCT GSB teaching the theory and practice of power sector financing. This one-week course is offered by Managing Infrastructure Investment Reform and Regulation in Africa (MIRA), a centre of excellence at the UCT GSB aimed at building capacity in infrastructure investment, reform and regulation – in support of sustainable development.

 

UNLOCK GROWTH AND INVESTMENT IN THE POWER SECTOR

Sub-Saharan Africa is plagued by a severe shortage of power, with far-reaching consequences for social and economic development. Governments are unable to mobilise sufficient capital and as a result, private independent power projects (IPPs) are now one of the fastest growing new sources of investment in the sector.

However, the sector faces a skills shortage. There is a lack of capacity and experience in the key areas of project finance, associated contracts such as Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), and risk mitigation measures - including credit enhancement, security measures, and political insurance.

The specialised Power Sector Financing course aims to plug this skills gap and unlock growth and investment in the sector.

 

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS COURSE

You will benefit highly from this course if you are a:

  • Board member
  • Manager or individual working in a utility, regulatory authority or government
  • Professional in the private sector or civil society
  • Project developer
  • Financier
  • Legal or technical advisor
  • Consultant

 

WHAT WILL I GAIN FROM THIS COURSE?

Delegates on the Power Sector Financing course will gain:

  • Exposure to international and regional best practice for private sector power investments
  • Skills and knowledge to understand and analyse private power investments in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • A detailed understanding of project finance, key project contracts, and risk mitigation and credit enhancement measures
  • An opportunity to develop a peer network for on-going knowledge exchange

 

WHAT DOES THE COURSE FOCUS ON?

The Power Sector Financing course will cover:

  • Both theory and practice in power sector financing
  • A number of Africa-specific case studies
  • The core elements of Requests for Proposals, PPAS, Implementation Agreements, and Direct Agreements, amongst other contracts
  • Key measures to de-risk projects
  • Grid-connected projects (including the breakthrough of renewable energy projects)
  • Captive power projects, mini-grid projects and stand-alone systems

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