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Abengoa completes the sale of its stake in the Xina Solar One plant

November 18, 2021

  • It has completed the agreement reached with ENGIE, under which this firm also acquires a stake of 46 % of the O&M company which is responsible of the plant´s operation and maintenance.

November 18, 2021 - Abengoa, the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the infrastructure, energy and water sectors, has completed the agreement reached with the international energy Group ENGIE, for the sale of its participation (40 %) in the 100 MW solar thermal plant built by Abengoa in South Africa. In addition, as part of the agreement, ENGIE Africa also acquires 46 % of Xina O&M company, currently in charge of the operation and maintenance of the plant. Abengoa remains as a shareholder of the O&M company with a 46 % stake.

The transaction represents a new milestone in the asset divestment plan of the company that, since 2017, is focused on the development of EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) projects. Net proceeds from the transaction will be dedicated to the repayment of financial debt, in line with Abengoa’s deleveraging objectives.

From ENGIE’s point of view, this operation reinforces its commitment to be a reliable, responsible and ethical long-term investor in South Africa’s electricity supply industry.

Xina Solar One, which will be owned by ENGIE, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and Xina Community Trust and is the third plant built by Abengoa in South Africa after Kaxu and Khi Solar One (100 and 50 MW respectively).

With 100 MW of power, Xina Solar One uses parabolic trough technology to generate renewable, sustainable and dispatchable power from the sun. Furthermore, this power plant features a thermal energy storage system that uses molten salts to store the necessary energy for a further 5½ hours supply, and thereby assists in meeting the South African peak demand. In this way, the plant supplies clean energy to more than 95,000 South African households and avoids the emission into the atmosphere of 348,000 tons of CO2 per year.

Abengoa is considered a global leader in this sector, where it has developed, designed, built, and/or operated solar thermal plants in four continents, with a total capacity of 1.9 GW, representing approximately 30 % of capacity worldwide. In addition, the company is currently participating in 52 % of solar thermal capacity under construction.

Xina Solar One, the third solar thermal plant built by Abengoa in South Africa.

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