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Who is our client

The Cookhouse Wind Farm, developed under the First Round of the South African Renewable Energy Procurement Programme, is located between Cookhouse and Bedford in the Eastern Cape. The wind farm was developed by African Clean Energy Developments (ACED) and is owned by a consortium of infrastructure investors including Apollo and African Infrastructure Investment Fund 2 (AIIF2). FMO is investing in Cookhouse Wind Farm through both these funds, which are managed by African Infrastructure Investment Managers (a joint venture between Old Mutual Investment Group SA (OMIGSA) and Macquarie Group of Australia). Other investors are the Infrastructure, Developmental and Environmental Assets Managed Fund (IDEAS), managed by OMIGSA; AFPOC and the local communities of Cookhouse, Bedford, Somerset East and Adelaide through their ownership in the Cookhouse Wind Farm Community Trust. The project is financed by Standard Bank of South Africa, Nedbank and Futuregrowth Asset Management. The main contractor is Suzlon Wind Energy South Africa, a subsidiary of the Suzlon Group, the 5th largest turbine supplier in the world.

Funding objective

FMO's investment will go towards the construction of the wind farm. Construction commenced in early February in 2014, and the wind farm, when built, will be one of the largest in Africa, consisting of 66 Suzlon 2.1MW turbines with an installed capacity of 138.6MW, enough to power about 145,000 low-income homes. Power is expected to be supplied to the Eskom grid by the second quarter of 2014.

Why we fund this project

Financing of the project is fully in line with FMO's strategy of funding Renewable Energy projects in emerging markets. The Cookhouse project was developed in close partnership with, and has had significant support from, the local municipalities and communities. These organizations have played a key role in assisting the development of the project and ensuring that it is delivered in a manner that works for the benefit of the surrounding community. A Community Liaison Office has been established in Cookhouse to serve as an interface between the project and the local communities. The local communities of Cookhouse, Bedford, Somerset East and Adelaide will all benefit from the project, while social and economic development will be driven by over 300 local jobs, significant local sourcing and community ownership.

Website client
South Africa
Signing date
Total FMO financing
ZAR 220.00 MLN
Risk categorization on environmental and social impacts, A = high risk, B+ = medium high risk, B = medium risk, C = low risk Environmental & Social Category
(A, B+, B or C)