Energy drives the growth and development which is transforming Africa, and we are proud to be at the coalface of the dynamic energy space on the continent.

Our dedicated and highly ranked energy team is able to offer you the full scope of legal advisory and transactional support services, including all regulatory, financing and transactional aspects of coal, electricity, solar, hydro, liquefied natural gas, nuclear, oil and gas, and renewables.

We can help you to navigate regulatory hurdles, identify and manage risks, and maximise your investment and commercial opportunities, in a world facing the challenges of limited resources and climate change.

Over 200 years experience Over 600 practitioners 12 offices in 7 countries

Our key differentiator is our extensive experience in highly complex cross-border energy projects, spanning a host of areas and all development stages. We have established a strong track record in industry-related transactions, acting for market leaders across the energy value chain throughout Africa.

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.

well-respected projects team with notable cross-border experience
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what we offer

We advise on all aspects of energy law, including:

  • Construction and engineering
  • Corporate structuring and anti-trust law
  • Critical flaw analysis, pre-feasibility studies and feasibility studies, risk assessment and due diligence investigations
  • Dispute resolution
  • Electricity generation
  • Environmental compliance
  • Fossil fuel energy facilities
  • Land and surface use
  • Legislative and regulatory compliance
  • Oil and gas: upstream, midstream and downstream (including licencing requirements, exploration activities, and the development and financing of facilities and infrastructure, as well as importation, storage, wholesale, distribution and retail of petroleum products, including oil and petrochemicals)
  • Operation and maintenance of plants and facilities
  • Privatisations and public private partnerships
  • Property acquisition and development
  • Renewable energy facilities
  • Tax
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the team is very strong and very capable in project financing, particularly in the energy space
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sought after for its expertise in renewable energy matters
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remains particularly commended for its experience in financial matters pertaining to oil, gas and electricity-based energy transactions
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Solar power
Development and acquisition of three 10 MW solar photovoltaic captive power plants for a mining company, intended to augment the company’s current power supply and to reduce its carbon footprint.
Biomass power
Development of a 25 MW biomass power plant under the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) Programme.
Ethiopian power project
Development and financing of a 100 MW power project in Ethiopia for an international power developer within the framework on Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP 2).
Coal and water supply
Coal and water supply agreements for a power plant for an international diversified mining company, and the establishment, structuring and capitalisation of its subsidiary, as well as the EPC and O&M Associated with the coal beneficiation.
Wind farms
EPC contracts, O&M agreements, design and installation contracts, and logistics and transportation agreements drafted, negotiated and settled for the development of two wind farms of 120 MW and 32.5 MW respectively.
Zimbabwean solar power
Development and financing of a 15 MW solar power plant in Zimbabwe for an independent power producer in relation to EPC, O&M and Power Purchase agreements.
Namibian financing
Financing of a 5 MW solar photovoltaic power plant in Namibia for international financiers.
Coal plant
Development of a coal handling and processing plant with the capacity to deliver 15mt of coal annually, being the largest green field mining development in South Africa.
Financing of solar parks
Financing of four solar parks for a consortium of commercial lenders.
Crude oil financing
Financing of the construction and development of a crude oil blending storage facility in Saldanha Bay for a consortium of development finance institutions.
clients value the firm’s diligent approach and understanding of the local market, stating that the team is excellent, adding: They’ve been extremely helpful with a wide and extensive understanding and scope of the local conditions
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