SOUTH AFRICA: First sale as Magnora & Globeleq Join Forces on Battery & PV project

Magnora ASA and Globeleq Ltd. have signed and executed an agreement that paves the way for developing large-scale battery storage and renewable energy projects in South Africa. Globeleq is acquiring a permitted site from Magnora and will develop the project further. The agreement provides for an upfront payment, with additional payments on condition Globeleq reaches certain commercial and technical milestones. 
The site has favorable conditions for renewable energy and the area is targeted 
for grid development. Magnora has several remaining projects in this cluster. 
The projects are in mid-to-late-stage development with significant potential for 
battery storage, solar PV and wind. Globeleq and Magnora have agreed to consider 
ways to jointly commercialize these adjacent assets and to partner more widely 
in South Africa. 
Magnora entered the South African renewable energy market in 2021 through the 
acquisition of an 850 MW project portfolio. One year later, Magnora acquired 
African Green Ventures (AGV), a renewable project development company. The 
portfolio of projects under active development in South Africa currently 
consists of some 2000 MW. AGV sources assets and develops projects from 
greenfield to ready-to-bid or -build. 
"South Africa needs a lot of renewable energy for its basic economic need. We 
see a great potential in the South African market over the next 5-10 years. 
Magnora aims to grow the team and the portfolio significantly in the next few 
years," says Erik Sneve, CEO of Magnora. "The agreement with Globeleq provides 
both proof-of-concept and proof-of-market for our South African operation. The 
fact that Magnora will recuperate a significant portion of our investments in 
South Africa, is a nice added value."  
Jonathan Hoffman, Chief Development Officer for Globeleq commented today, "We 
are excited by the potential of this project within the South African renewables 
sector. Renewable power and battery storage have a very significant part to play 
in alleviating the energy crisis in South Africa and can do so speedily and 
efficiently, and we are looking forward to developing this and other projects 
with Magnora." 

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