https://www.engineeringnews.co.za
Africa|Botswana|Coal|Copper|Energy|Eskom|generation|Indaba|Mining|Power|PROJECT|Projects|Resources|Solar
Africa|Botswana|Coal|Copper|Energy|Eskom|generation|Indaba|Mining|Power|PROJECT|Projects|Resources|Solar
africa|botswana|coal|copper|energy|eskom|generation|indaba|mining|power|project|projects|resources|solar

Exxaro sharpens M&A focus after copper mine loss to China

9th February 2024

By: Bloomberg

  

Font size: - +

Exxaro Resources CEO Nombasa Tsengwa is sharpening the South African coal producer’s diversification strategy, after failing to acquire new mining and energy assets.

The Johannesburg-based company made it onto a shortlist for buying a copper mine in Botswana last year, but was ultimately outbid by China’s MMG, which acquired the Khoemacau project for $1.9-billion.

“Those copper assets are extremely difficult to come by,” Tsengwa said in an interview on the sidelines of the Mining Indaba in Cape Town. “And the Chinese are beating us in the game.”

Exxaro, founded in 2006 on coal, zinc and titanium assets that were partly split from a unit of Anglo American, started diversifying more than a decade ago. It’s built wind farms and is looking at other clean power projects as South Africa transitions away from coal and businesses look to cut their dependence on the erratic power supplies provided by state-owned utility Eskom Holdings.

Shares of Exxaro have slipped 13% in Johannesburg this year as prices for the dirtiest fossil fuel slumped.

The future of coal looks secure for up to 10 years but after that it becomes uncertain, according to Tsengwa. Still, the CEO is not going to rush the process as Exxaro seeks both additional energy assets as well as entry points into the metals that are key for the green transition.

“We are not going to just go crazy for the sake of chasing a target,” she said.

Exxaro in 2022 considered bidding for BTE Renewables, a company with solar and wind projects, people familiar with the matter said at the time. Engie SA and private equity firm Meridiam SAS went on to buy the firm in a $1 billion deal.

Companies with a pipeline of projects and high potential for growth would be preferred over owning existing generation assets, according to Tsengwa. Considering targets that range from energy to minerals will require a unique balance, the CEO said.

“The story of funding and financing and cost of risk is completely different,” she said.

Edited by Bloomberg

Comments

 

Showroom

Booyco Electronics
Booyco Electronics

Booyco Electronics, South African pioneer of Proximity Detection Systems, offers safety solutions for underground and surface mining, quarrying,...

VISIT SHOWROOM 
Immersive Technologies
Immersive Technologies

Immersive Technologies is the world's largest, proven and tested supplier of simulator training solutions to the global resources industry.

VISIT SHOWROOM 

Latest Multimedia

sponsored by

Magazine round up | 19 April 2024
Magazine round up | 19 April 2024
19th April 2024

Option 1 (equivalent of R125 a month):

Receive a weekly copy of Creamer Media's Engineering News & Mining Weekly magazine
(print copy for those in South Africa and e-magazine for those outside of South Africa)
Receive daily email newsletters
Access to full search results
Access archive of magazine back copies
Access to Projects in Progress
Access to ONE Research Report of your choice in PDF format

Option 2 (equivalent of R375 a month):

All benefits from Option 1
PLUS
Access to Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa for ALL Research Reports, in PDF format, on various industrial and mining sectors including Electricity; Water; Energy Transition; Hydrogen; Roads, Rail and Ports; Coal; Gold; Platinum; Battery Metals; etc.

Already a subscriber?

Forgotten your password?

MAGAZINE & ONLINE

SUBSCRIBE

RESEARCH CHANNEL AFRICA

SUBSCRIBE

CORPORATE PACKAGES

CLICK FOR A QUOTATION







sq:0.134 0.188s - 230pq - 2rq
Subscribe Now