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project development and project finance


Sources within the industry single out the team's "broad footprint and understanding of international cross-border financing" as a key operating strength
Chambers Global Guide 2019

Project development is the main catalyst for growth on the African continent. As a truly African law firm, we have a deep appreciation of this context and the nuances of each country in which we operate.

Our dedicated project development and project finance team are market leaders who work with top clients on highly complex cross-border projects in specialist areas such as energy; oil and gas; rail, roads and ports; mine and resource development; public private partnerships; and municipal infrastructure.

Our key differentiator is that our feet are planted firmly on African soil. Recognised as one of the larger project development advisory teams across Africa, our credible team has a depth of capacity and the ability to provide flexible, cost-effective solutions.

We are not only legal experts; we also understand project development and financing, and have the commercial savvy and technical expertise to undertake a broad spectrum of project work in an African context.

We have the unique advantage, as part of Africa’s largest law firm, of being able to harness the expertise of more than 600 practitioners throughout the continent. ENSafrica has a significant breadth and depth of experience and specialist expertise that spans all commercial areas of law, tax, forensics and IP.

As such, we regularly partner with specialists across the firm, meaning that we are able to assist with all aspects of all matters across all sectors in all African jurisdictions, ensuring that your legal requirements are handled quickly and seamlessly.

what we offer

We advise on all aspects of project development and project finance, including:

  • energy: electricity generation
  • mine and resource development
  • municipal infrastructure
  • oil and gas: upstream, midstream and downstream
  • public private partnerships (PPPs)
  • rail, roads and ports


structuring and financing of the first industrial scale solar photovoltaic power plant in Lesotho for a consortium of international developers.  
of the construction and development of a crude oil blending storage facility for an international consortium of development finance institutions.
coal wash plant and rail and port facilities in Mozambique for an international and local commodities trader (development and financing).
roll-out programme on a limited recourse finance basis for a commercial lender (development and financing).
of an open cycle gas turbine power plant in Tanzania for a consortium of international development financing institutions.  
of four solar parks with an installed capacity of 300 MW on a portfolio basis under round four of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) Programme.
design, financing, ownership, permitting, engineering, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of five solar photovoltaic power plants in Namibia for an international lender.
under long term offtake, marketing and contract mining limited recourse structure for an international and local commodities trading house (development and financing).
and transportation infrastructure for an international developer consortium (development and financing).
arrangement for a power and energy company with a development bank for the funding of equity acquisition in a portfolio of nine renewable energy facilities at construction phase.