2017 promises to be another very active year for independent power producers and energy projects throughout the sub-Saharan Africa region and across various technologies.

There is huge international investor focus on IPPs due to the power shortages and load shedding in the region and the increasing demand for energy amongst the region’s growing economies. And opportunities for projects using both renewable and thermal technologies are expanding. South Africa’s Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) launched an IPP development boom in the region; now there is investment across the region in various technologies.

The 4th Independent Power Producers and Power Purchase Agreements Conference (IPP & PPA Conference) will once again take place alongside the annual Africa Energy Indaba conference in Johannesburg on Thursday 23 February as an official side event.

Sponsored by Macfarlanes, an international law firm with extensive experience in advising IPPs in Africa; their team of energy and legal experts will be facilitating the conference, examining the requirements for successful IPPs and bankable PPAs, discussing current examples and giving insights into how to negotiate PPAs successfully.

The IPP and PPA day will be relevant across the board to those involved or interested in IPPs, regardless of technology and country.

Macfarlanes’ projects team includes legal experts specialising in assisting investors and energy stakeholders with their Power Purchase Agreements and other key contracts as they set up energy projects across the continent, ensuring that projects are bankable and the legal agreements sound.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Global trends impacting IPPs & PPAs
  • Understanding IPPs and PPAs in Africa
  • What you need to know when investing in Africa
  • Key issues for investors
  • The role that governments and regulators play in IPP Programmes
  • Legal and regulatory frameworks
  • Tariff arrangements
  • Project preparation
  • Gas to Power and how does it fit into the energy mix
  • Structuring a Bankable Power Purchase Agreement
  • Financing IPP projects, what financial instruments are available and how developers can access funds for small and large power projects.


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