Masdar signs agreements to develop renewable energy projects in Africa

The deal will help deliver up to 5 gigawatts of clean energy to Angola, Uganda and Zambia

Officials at the signing. Masdar on Friday said it has signed agreements with three African countries to develop renewable energy projects as part of the Etihad 7 initiative. Photo: Masdar
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Masdar has signed agreements with three African countries to develop renewable energy projects with a combined capacity of up to 5 gigawatts. This reiterates the company's commitment to help Africa in its transition to clean energy.

As part of the agreements signed under the umbrella of the Etihad 7 initiative, Masdar will develop renewable projects in Angola, Uganda and Zambia with a capacity of 2 gigawatts, each in Angola and Zambia, and 1 gigawatt in Uganda, it said in a statement on Friday.

Etihad 7 is a UAE-led initiative that aims to raise public and private sector funds to invest in the development of Africa’s renewable energy sector.

The initiative was launched last year at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week by Sheikh Shakhboot Nahyan Al Nahyan, Minister of State in the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, with an aim to achieve 20 gigawatts of capacity to supply 100 million people across the continent with clean electricity by 2035.

“These landmark agreements, which aim to deliver up to 5 gigawatts of energy to Angola, Uganda and Zambia, follow last year’s signing of a 2 gigawatts agreement for renewable energy projects in Tanzania,” said Dr Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and chairman of Masdar.

Masdar will develop renewable projects in Angola, Uganda and Zambia with a capacity of 2 gigawatts each, in Angola and Zambia, and 1 gigawatts in Uganda. Photo: Masdar

“These further agreements will be transformative to local communities and will help African nations to drive economic growth for their people while still meeting net-zero objectives.”

Dr Sultan is also the President-designate of Cop28 and the managing director and group chief executive of Adnoc.

Masdar is currently active in more than 40 countries and has invested or committed to invest in projects worth more than $30 billion.

The company, which continues to boost its clean energy portfolio, has an ambitious target to grow its capacity to at least 100 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity globally by 2030. The largest share of this capacity will come from wind and solar technology.

Beyond the initial goals, Masdar also seeks to develop more than 200 gigawatts of renewable energy.

“With Africa’s massive projected development and growth and low current clean energy penetration levels, we see enormous potential for the renewable energy sector across the continent,” said Mohamed Al Ramahi, chief executive of Masdar.

"The agreements we have signed at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will support these nations’ clean energy goals and help to drive sustainable economic development for all four countries.”

Masdar has already established a considerable presence in Africa, having formed its Infinity Power Holding joint venture with Egypt’s Infinity to target opportunities in the continent. In November, Masdar, Infinity Power and Hassan Allam Utilities signed an agreement with the Government of Egypt to develop a 10 gigawatts onshore wind project — one of the largest wind farms in the world.

The three companies are also co-operating on the development of green hydrogen projects in Egypt, targetting a combined electrolyser capacity of 4 gigawatts by 2030, and an output of up to 480,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per year.

Masdar also has projects in Mauritania, Morocco and Seychelles.

Updated: January 20, 2023, 11:57 AM