Why this team?

The AEP team was specifically formed with expert partners that have proven their ability to deliver power in Africa.

Our organisational structure is split between our Front Office (FO) and our Project Development (PDE) Execution team. The FO manages our investor relationships, marketing and advisory committee. The PDE team houses our Regulatory, Commercial, Technical, Commercial, Environmental & Social Impact Analysis and Project Management resources.

Where possible AEP work with local partners as part of our commitment to supporting and facilitating development across the continent.

  • With 20+ year’s experience in energy in Africa
  • Proven delivery capability of more than 2000MW of power in Africa
  • Full range of skills across project development life-cycle
  • Individually recognised as the “go-to” experts in their field
  • Excellent understanding of local conditions – this team has written relevant policy, regulation and legislation for many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and has worked with utilities, IPPs and end-users
  • Have worked together on many projects and have formed a common understanding on the key practices and issues that need to be addressed to get projects over the finishing line
  • An extensive network of associates throughout sub-Saharan Africa
  • Access to many different markets & to a wide range of technical, economic, financial, regulatory and legal expertise
  • Able to source, vet and support the development of energy projects
  • Project technology experience: wind, solar PV, CSP, Hydro, Biomass, Landfill gas and Co-generation (Smelting, Sugar and Paper Industry)
  • Members of the team are also authorised agents for MIGA, the World Bank Group’s political risk insurance agency

Why Africa?

Choosing AEP is in fact a choice for Africa itself.

Here are our top reasons for feeling positive about the this complex and diverse continent’s future!

A decade of sustained economic growth: About a third of the 54 African countries are seeing annual GDP growth of more than 6%. But this isn’t just about diamonds and oil: Only 24% of the growth from 2000 to 2008 was attributable to natural resources.

It’s a huge market opportunity: It has 52 cities with populations of one million or more—the same number western Europe has. The percentage of people living in cities is higher than in India and will reach 50% by 2030.

Demand for and access to power is essential: Africa’s middle class is bigger than India’s, and by 2020 half of African households will have discretionary spending power. Africa needs—infrastructure, education, health care, consumer goods, and retail—and will be able to afford it.

Debt and inflation have decreased significantly over the past decade: governments across Africa are now widely aligned with market economics. The number of political coups has declined precipitously since 1990. Though moving at different paces across the continent, political reform is under way.

The African workforce will swell by 163 million in this decade: by 2035 it will be bigger than China’s. By 2050, Africans will account for 25% of the world’s workers. What’s more, those workers will be supporting fewer dependents than their peers elsewhere in the world will.

20% of government spending goes on education: That’s nearly twice what OECD governments spend (11%), on average. Primary school enrollment reached 76% in 2008, up 14 points in a decade. Secondary school enrollment is still low, 35%, but it, too, grew, by 10 points.

Natural resources aren’t the whole story: but they’re a catalyst. With 60% of the world’s potential farmland, Africa could become an agricultural powerhouse. It is also rich in oil and gas; finds in Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda alone are expected to attract more than $40 billion in foreign investment.

Just 11% of Africa’s trade takes place within its own borders: Politics and resource constraints in Africa have kept the continent fractured, but a new crop of competitive pan-African companies and leaders are changing that equation. Increasingly skilled trade ministers and corporate executives are promoting free trade.