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July2012

Partneringforrenewableenergysolutionsin
Africa
InApril2012,TataPowerannouncedthelaunchofCennergi,ajoint
venturecompanywithSouthAfricasdiversifiedresourcescompany
Exxaro.Thenew,cleanerenergycompanyisbasedinSouthAfricaand
willprimarilyfocusontheinvestigationoffeasibility,development,
ownership,operation,maintenance,acquisitionandmanagementof
electricitygenerationprojectsinSouthAfrica,BotswanaandNamibia.
RegionalheadforTataPowerinAfrica,DrNandkishoreMenon,talks
aboutthecompanysplansfortheAfricanenergymarketandwhatthe
jointventuremeansfortheordinaryAfrican.
WhatareTataPowersplansfordoingbusinessinAfrica?
TataPowerisIndiaslargestintegratedutilitycompany.Ouraimasanintegratedutilitybusinessis
toberelevantandsignificantinanygeographywedobusinessin.Tothatextent,ourpartnership
withExxaroResourcesthroughtheJVcompanyCennergiistoenableCennergitobecomea
leadingindependentpowerproducer(IPP)intheAfricancontinent.
Unstablepowersupplyandlackofenergyinfrastructureareoftencitedaschallengesto
doingbusinessinAfricawithinthiscontext,whatareTataPowersimmediateandlong
termgoalsinAfrica?
TataPower,throughitspartnershipwithExxaroResources,aimstobealeadingIPPintheAfrican
continentbyprovidingenergyforsustainabledevelopment.Theneedforconsistentandreliable
powersupplycapacityfortheeconomicdevelopmentofAfricaisaknownparadigm.Thedemand
forenergyinsouthernAfricanecessitatedthatthereshouldbemorethanoneplayerinthesector.
WhydidTataPoweropttopartnerwithalocalcompany,Exxaro?Whatisthesignificance
ofthispartnershipinthecontextofSouthSouthcooperationbroadlyandlocal
partnershipsnarrowly?
ExxaroResourcesisoneofthelargestdiversifiedresourcescompaniesoperatinginSouthAfrica.
TheybringwiththemawealthofexperienceintheenergymarketinSouthAfrica,beingthelargest

supplierofthermalcoaltothelocalutility.Theyhaveaccesstosubstantialthermalcoalresources,
gasblocksandcoalbedmethanetenementsacrosssouthernAfrica.Exxaroishenceanideal
partnerforTataPowertobearelevantandsubstantialplayerintheAfricanelectricitymarket.
InthecontextofSouthSouthcooperation,itisimportanttonotethat
Cennergihasbeencreatedbycompaniesfromdevelopingnationsto
servedevelopingnations.AsaBRICSpartner,Indiaisanactive
investorinAfrica,andSouthAfricaisagreatplatformforforeign
directinvestmentintoAfrica.
Insofaraslocalpartnershipsareconcerned,therenewableprojects
thatarebeingdevelopedbyCennergihavethelocalcommunities,
andlocaltrustswithinthecommunities,aroundtheprojectsiteasequitypartnersintheproject.
Hence,theywillshareinthegrowthandthedevelopmentoftheirlocalcommunityinatangible
sense.
Understandingthatthepartnershipisnew,arethereanyprojectsalreadyinthepipeline?
Cennergihasbeengrantedpreferredbidderstatusontwoofitsrenewableenergyprojectsthat
weresubmittedaspartofthesecondbiddingwindowfortheDepartmentofEnergysRenewable
EnergyIndependentPowerProducerProgramme(REIPPP).
CennergisAmakhalaEmoyeniWindFarmprojectisa140MWwindfarmlocatednearthetownof
BedfordintheEasternCape.Ithasanexcellentwindresourceandcloseproximitytoinfrastructure
suchasroadsandthenationalelectricitygrid.
ThesecondsuccessfulwindprojectistheTsitsikammaCommunityWindFarm,whichCennergiis
developingtogetherwithWattEnergyandtheTsitsikammaDevelopmentTrust.Itisa95MWwind
farmlocatedontheMfengucommunitylandintheEasternCape.
Cennergihasstateditscommitmenttobothpeopleandplanetcouldyouelaborateon
this?
Cennergiaimstoupliftandcontributetothedevelopmentofcommunitiesbyimplementinga
programmeofdirectownershipofthecommunitiesinitsprojectsthatarepartoftheREIPPP.Inthis
way,Cennergiwillensurethatthebenefitsfromthesuccessfuloperationofthepowerplantsflow
directlyintothecommunityshandsduringtheentirelifeofthepowerplant.
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Cennergi
BlockA,groundfloor
LakefieldOfficePark
272WestAvenue(WestAvenueandLenchenRoad)
Centurion0157
SouthAfrica
PostalAddress
PObox11052
DieHoewes1
0163
Contactperson
DrNanduMenon
Phone:+27(0)126756655
Email:info@cennergi.com(mailto:info@cennergi.com)
Website:www.cennergi.com(http://www.cennergi.com)

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