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Cabeolica

Renewable power generation in Cape Verde - Sub-Saharan Africa’s first utility scale wind farm

The investment opportunity
Cape Verde is a sparsely populated archipelago that has built a reputation as a peaceful tourist destination and has a strong claim to be the safest country in Africa. Cape Verde has one of Africa’s best investment climates and a currency pegged to the Euro.

Cabeolica owns four wind farms on four different islands meeting 18% of Cape Verde’s electricity demand, a demand which would otherwise have been generated by oil fired power plants. The project is in successful operation since 2011 and is a cornerstone power project in Cape Verde.

The investment was signed in December 2020 and closed in October 2021.

The business case
The company will be replacing oil fired energy generation with clean wind energy and thereby supporting the government’s climate change commitments. The investments will mean reduced dependency on volatile oil imports and strengthen the Cape Verde economy

Cabeolica is a stable operating business, but with substantial improvement potential, e.g., improved grid management will reduce curtailment, increase wind penetration and improve project returns.

Positive social impact
Cabeolica has financed and supported innovative and comprehensive biodiversity studies and conservation efforts for endangered birds species (including the installation of artificial nesting platforms) and an endemic gecko on the host islands.

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Lumika Renewables

Designing, building and financing renewable based energy solutions for commercial and industrial customers in Africa.

The investment opportunity
The market for outsourced energy solutions in Africa is attractive. Hence, industrial group Reunert and A.P. Moller Capital, has established a joint venture, Lumika Renewables. The company will develop a portfolio of cost efficient, renewable energy solutions for commercial and industrial customers in Africa.

Reunert and A.P. Moller Capital is uniquely positioned to capitalise on this opportunity through Reunert’s track record in the energy solutions space and A.P. Moller Capital’s long-term experience in investing in infrastructure in growth markets will furthermore support Lumika Renewables’ expansion into African countries where A.P. Moller Capital already has existing networks.

The vision of Lumika Renewables is to be the leader in Africa in terms of developing clean, cost efficient, reliable energy solutions for corporate off-takers in Africa.

The business case
Lumika is derived from a combination of the words ‘illumination’ (lum) + Africa (ika) and is positioned as a beacon of light for businesses across Africa by empowering customers – literally in the form of clean, cost-efficient power, and figuratively through the empowerment of a bright future for African Industry. Lumika Renewables will be a catalyst for growth.

Lumika Renewables will target customers in commercial, light industry, heavy industry, agriculture and mining. It will differentiate itself through its access to funding, being technology agnostic, having an integrated value chain with in-house design resources and a pan-African presence.

Lumika Renewables will design, build and finance renewable based energy solutions for commercial and industrial customers in Africa through, among others, the installation of solar panels supplying green energy and providing software that creates transparency in terms of energy consumption.

Positive social impact
The energy solutions Lumika Renewables offer will lower the high cost of energy, reduce the reliance on fossil energy sources and – in the end – help African businesses to become more cost competitive and lower their impact on the environment by lowering their carbon footprint.

Lumika Renewables will create green energy jobs in Africa while introducing beneficial financing and world-class engineering, procurement and construction into the rapidly growing market of distributed generation.

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Eranove

Leading Ivory Coast power utility with a unique position to capture increasing demand for power.

The investment opportunity
Ivory Coast is one of the most diversified and stable growing economies in Africa. It has a well-functioning and economically balanced power market.

Energy demand is growing at 8% annually, led by manufacturing and mining sectors. The government has committed to meet power demand by increasing installed Independent Power Plants (IPP) generation capacity by approximately 150 MW each year.

The business case
Eranove is a well-managed African company with a proven track record in the power and water sectors in Ivory Coast. The company provides critical infrastructure assets facilitating economic growth and prosperity for society and for shareholders. The Eranove power plants benefit from strong contractual frameworks, supportive Ivorian economics and power market growth.

Positive social impact
Eranove provides much needed new power plants in Africa. In Ivory Coast, Eranove implements the ambitious “Electricity for All” programme. CIE operates a power network which is seen as a good example in Africa, with limited outages and which is economically balanced.

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Mass Céréales al Maghreb

Logistics infrastructure for grain imports in Morocco and regional markets

The investment opportunity
Grain terminals are essential transport infrastructure: modern facilities enable more efficient trade, linking supply with demand for key food products.  As one of the largest consumers of cereal products in Africa, Morocco relies heavily on imports to satisfy consumers’ preferences for high-quality grains.

In November 2020, A.P. Moller Capital acquired a 49% shareholding in Mass Céréales al Maghreb, the leading grain terminal operator in Morocco. This investment provides an effective platform for A.P. Moller Capital to develop agri-bulk logistics infrastructure across Africa.

The business case
Mass Céréales al Maghreb is the concession holder and operator of two grain terminals located at the ports of Casablanca and Jorf Lasfar. The company provides handling services and storage of bulk cargoes, contributing to improvements in grain carriers’ productivity and overall port traffic.  The company intends to build on its proven track record to become the leader in grain logistics infrastructure across Africa. The company’s first international initiative is the ongoing construction of an industrial bagging and storage facility near the new port located in Bargny-Sendou, Senegal, where it will help facilitate importation to Senegal as well as neighbouring Mali.

Positive social impact
Positive impacts include local jobs both at Mass Cereales and further down the grain/cereals value chain involved in processing and retail.  The grain sector is of critical importance to Morocco. Morocco is a significant importer and has one of the highest per capita consumptions of grain in the world. The grain and cereals sector is one of the top government priorities, considering its economic and social importance. The sector represents up to 20% of the GDP generated by the country’s agricultural activities. Grain (including fodder) crops mobilise up to 75% of the total cultivated lands in Morocco. The sector has a major social weight, as grain crop remains the predominant activity for most of Moroccan farmers, particularly smallholders. Imports are needed to secure stable supply over the year and during years of low rain.

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Impala

Gas-to-Power platform providing low cost, reliable and clean power to Nigerian Corporates

The investment opportunity
Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and home to Africa’s largest population, has significant power supply challenges. Nigeria’s power sector is burdened by poor transmission and distribution infrastructure resulting in frequent blackouts and reliance on diesel fired generators, which are expensive and cause high levels of pollution. The inadequate power infrastructure makes achieving reliable power a challenge for industries and commercial businesses that operate in Nigeria.

In April 2019, A.P. Moller Capital invested in Impala Energy Holdings (Impala) a commercial and industrial Gas-to-Power platform with the goal to provide low cost, reliable and clean power to users in Nigeria.

The business case
Impala is a power development company focused on small to medium sized clean and renewable power projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. With its first project, Impala will develop captive compressed natural gas-based energy from ‘flared gas’ facilitating the generation of 60MW clean power. The project will result in a net greenhouse gas emission saving, cleaner air, employment and ecosystem services for local communities, as well as more affordable and reliable power for local companies.

Positive social impact
The project provides power to commercial and industrial customers by capturing and distributing previously flared natural gas. This reduces the GHG emissions associated with flaring. Other benefits of avoided flaring include the release of air emissions, noise and light pollution to the local area.

In 2020, PEL captured and sold almost 3.68 million SCUM natural gas from flare gas as a part of the Nigeria Flare as Reduction Program. Given the customers served by PEL do not have access to piped natural gas and would largely otherwise use diesel if they did not purchase gas, we have estimated the associated GHG savings from August to December 2020 to have been 2,400 tCO2eq.

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East Africa Power Platform

Creating a power platform of scale with ambitious plans for energy transition via gas conversion

The investment opportunity
Kenya has a well-structured power market with unbundled and partially privatised transmission, generation and distribution activities as well as cost reflective tariffs. The country has a sizeable and growing economy with no significant dependency on one specific sector making the economy more diverse and stable.

Kenya generates more than 90% of its energy from renewables and thermal plants play a critical role in providing operational reserve and peak capacity to the system, avoiding power outages and reducing reliance on individual generators. All thermal plants run on heavy fuel oil and there is an opportunity to convert these plants to gas to support Kenya in its transition to cleaner energy.

In April 2020, A.P. Moller Capital made its first investment in Kenya with the acquisition of Iberafrica, a 53MW thermal power plant.

Iberafrica is located in the industrial and populated area of Nairobi, the region with the highest demand for electricity in Kenya. A.P. Moller Capital aims to convert Iberafrica to gas by 2025 at the latest.

The business case
Gas-fired power projects have an important role to play in providing base load power in high-growth economies such as Kenya as they are often a cleaner substitute to more common solutions.

Iberafrica has provided base load and reliable power to the grid since the start of operations and is operated by a highly experienced local management team with extensive knowledge of the Kenyan energy market. The plant sells electricity to the national utility Kenya Power and Lighting Company Plc under long-term power purchase agreements.

The acquisition has provided A.P. Moller Capital with an effective platform to advance its investment commitment in Kenya.

Iberafrica will pursue gas conversions by 2025 at the latest to make the power plant more sustainable and support Kenya in its transition to cleaner energy.

Positive social impact (2020 data, concerning Iberafrica only)
Through electricity generation and prevention of load shedding, Iberafrica’s power generation is estimated to have increased production time, supporting a total output of USD 150m and contributed USD 80m to the GDP, the majority of which goes to business as savings, as well as supported around 10,800 jobs.

As a responsible investor in Iberafrica, we ensured concrete actions to reduce GHG emissions were implemented at the plant itself. Electricity and AGO savings in 2020 amounted to 94,785 kWh and 63,255 litres respectively. Energy saving initiatives that will be completed in 2021 include the installation of solar collectors and solar PV panels on site to reduce auxiliary energy consumption.

Iberafrica has also signed an agreement with the Kenyan Forestry Research Institute to fund reforestation activities supported by the Government of Kenya. Finally, we are engaging with key stakeholders in Kenya to convert Iberafrica from using HFO to gas. We expect this to also provide socio-economic benefits by lowering the cost of power for consumers.

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ARISE Port & Logistics

Ports and logistics ecosystem to facilitate and capture growing trade and enable industrial development in West Africa

The investment opportunity
Efficient infrastructure is vital for economic growth and development of the African continent. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be one of the fastest growing regions globally, and investing in the local infrastructure ecosystems of ports, trucking, warehouses, and rails, is vital to support local prosperity.

In January 2020, A.P. Moller Capital invested in ARISE Ports & Logistics, which comprises of two operational assets in Gabon:

And an advanced greenfield port in Ivory Coast:

This investment provides A. P. Moller Capital with an opportunity to create a strong partnership for ports and logistics businesses in West Africa.

The business case
ARISE Ports & Logistics (ARISE P&L) is a joint venture between A.P. Moller Capital, the Africa Finance Corporation and Olam International Limited. It carries out port and integrated multimodal logistics operations for various customers and commodities. The platform is an infrastructure ecosystem of ports, trucking and rail services, which facilitates effective trade and creates a foundation for local growth.

A.P. Moller Capital will leverage its industrial knowledge and network. With our partners we plan to grow the portfolio through capacity expansions or additional projects in West Africa.

Positive social impact
The investments made by ARISE in port infrastructure aim to enable trade by reducing transport costs and creating efficient transport/logistics corridors, thereby benefitting the national and regional economic development and creating jobs. In Gabon, the two operational port terminals are key in the country’s development plan (the Strategic Plan Gabon Emergent) to transition from an oil-exporting economy to a diversified and sustainable economy based on the mining, metallurgical, wood and agriculture sectors. To emphasise the additional value of infrastructure projects, we commissioned a study to estimate the impact of ARISE investments on enabling trade in Gabon specifically. The results show that around 71,680 additional jobs were enabled by the AIF terminals, and USD 718m in value added.

ARISE P&L adheres to the IFC PS and is committed to contributing to carbon emission reduction efforts.

  

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Our investment approach

Our investment strategy is focused on the twin elements of value creation and risk mitigation while applying the highest ethical standards and being true to the heritage and values of the A.P. Moller Group. We focus on investments that support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the markets where we operate while delivering consistent and competitive returns. The primary focus is on transportation and logistics in addition to opportunities within energy and power.

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A.P. Møller Capital P/S is governed and regulated by the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority as an Alternative Investment Fund Manager. A.P. Møller Capital P/S (DIFC Branch) is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority to provide advice and arrange deals in investments, to support the headquarter in Denmark.

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