About Us

Who is CENNERGI

This is our vision:
  • To be a diversified and profitable energy business, African in origin and design.
  • This business owns and operates a balanced portfolio of energy assets throughout Southern Africa.
  • We do this across the energy value chain, delivering reliable and affordable energy to customers, and acceptable returns to shareholders.
This is who we are:
  • Cennergi (Pty) Ltd is a diversified independent power producer. Based in Southern Africa, it focuses on the ownership, operation and maintenance of renewable energy projects, together with the asset management of its own projects and those of others.
  • The company has offices in Pretoria, Gauteng, and Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), Eastern Cape. The company’s presence in the Eastern Cape allows it to be close to core operations there.
  • On 1 April 2020, Cennergi became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Exxaro Resources Limited. Exxaro’s asset portfolio includes coal operations, investments in iron ore, residual pigment manufacturing, and renewable energy.
  • Mxolisi Mgojo, CEO of Exxaro, had this to say about the acquisition: “Building climate change business resilience is an opportunity to diversify our business portfolio into a low-carbon product mix. This will give us access to renewable energy, which will drive our strategy to become carbon neutral. We will continue to invest in the development of low-carbon energy, to ensure that the majority of the population has access to affordable and reliable sources of energy.”
  • Cennergi established itself in the local renewable energy sector in 2012, and was awarded bids for two wind farm projects in the Eastern Cape, by participating in the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer’s Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
This is what we do:

To date, we are involved in the creation of green energy using the power of the wind.

The two current projects are:

  • Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm Pty Ltd (TCWF) – this is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed to develop this wind farm project, with Cennergi (75%), RE Times (16%) and the Tsitsikamma Development Trust (9%) being the shareholders (the latter two as BEE partners). This wind farm is located south of the N2 national road, 6km from the coast and 30km north-west of Cape St Francis. It comprises 31 Vestas V112 wind turbines with a 95.325MW capacity. The project achieved financial close in June 2013 and commercial operations date (COD) on 17 August 2016.
  • Amakhala Emoyeni RE Project 01 Pty Ltd (AE01) – this is the second SPV formed to develop the Amakhala Wind Farm project, with Cennergi (95%), Cookhouse Community Trust (2.5%) and the Bedford Community Trust (2.5%) being the shareholders (the latter two as BEE partners). This wind farm is located between Cookhouse and Bedford, and comprises 56 Nordex N117 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 134.4MW. The project achieved financial close in May 2013 and achieved COD on 28 July 2016.

Launched – 50/50 JV with Tata Power Ltd (India) and Exxaro Resources Ltd

Cennergi successfully bid on two, W2 REI4P bids

Construct 2 wind farms in parallel

Reach COD on both farms, within budget and time

Cennergi became a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of Exxaro

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Our TIMELINE

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History

Since March 2012, we’ve been changing this corner of the world for the better with green energy (which is cleaner), and we love how that feels!

Please take a look at our timeline chart below, which tracks the history of Cennergi.

  • Created Cennergi JV with Indian and African partners
  • Conclude unique turnkey SLAs (post Lenders DD) with own SPV’s
  • Bid 5 projects (3 wind, 2 solar) into REIP4 W2

Financial Close

  • AE01 forced change of OEM 3 months before FC
  • Changed Vestas WTG layout 2 weeks before bid (environmental concerns)
  • Parallel construction of two windfarms completed within budget and time
  • IFC at Amakala meet Equator Principles
  • Collaborative relationships with OEM’s, communities, landowners
  • Innovative noise pollution studies conducted around communities
  • Values driven stakeholder engagements creating strong long-term relationships
  • Resolve TCWF cable joint failures
  • TCWF 80MVA Transformer failure a day before RETEC testing
  • Indigenous plants search and rescue
  • Community house relocation, cattle health, hall upgrades
  • Componentization of assets and tax register
  • Hedge accounting (with grid connection accounting treatments)
  • US and Indian GAAP requirements and conversions

Commercial Operation

  • Zero Termination Points Implementation Agreement (IA) on both facilities
  • Extension of useful asset life (R100m/a depreciation impact)
  • COD to date on target P50, exceed P90 both farms (Avail 98%+, CF = 36-40%)
  • Success in Eskom deemed energy disputes at both farms (AGUP and COD)
  • Successful Vestas and Nordex commercial settlements
  • Regulatory (incl generation license change) and other consents post fires and PTK’s
  • Unique IFRS2 treatment of free carry shareholders, BBBEE funded
  • Development of Facility Power Curves and rectification of problematic machines
  • Operational energy yield assessments – adjust forecasts and ops improvements
  • Satisfactory Wake loss agreement achieved with Redcap
  • Constructed farm grids and gates for WTG availability improvement
  • Create local SMME for alien invasive, bird and bat, carcass searching
  • Managed business continuity after fires and TCWF
  • Lender & Insurance – cash lockup and insurability concerns mitigated
  • AE01 gearbox failures, multiple blade delaminations, hub doors, bolts, main bearings
  • Mitigation of vulture fatalities (protection, restaurant, carcass search, collaborate)
  • Cyber attack recovery with improved systems in Cennergi and WF sites
  • Cennergi COVID response – 4500+ households, business continuity
  • Municipal Rates and Taxes dispute – appeal on behalf of AE01 landowners
  • Successfully established two PBOs (Schedule 9 SARS) Community Trusts for ED/SED
  • Manage ED/SED projects in WF communities in excess of R80m
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Executive TEAM

Cennergi takes pride of place at the forefront of Southern Africa’s transforming energy landscape. Our executive team share the vision of creating a ground-breaking company for the future that will support the development of the energy sector in the region.

Danie du Plessis

Chief Executive Officer

  • Danie joined the company in 2012 and was appointed CEO in October 2016.
  • He is a metallurgical engineer with almost 25 years of experience in the iron and steel, heavy metals, construction, petrochemical and energy sectors.
  • He has held various positions in operations and operations excellence, project management, and technical services.
  • He currently serves as a director on the boards of Cennergi and its two project companies, the Tsitsikamma and Amakhala Community Wind Farms.
Trishal Dayal

Head of Finance

  • Trishal Dayal is a CA (SA) with more than 10 years of experience in the fields of accounting, auditing, governance and risk, regulatory compliance, treasury and taxes.
  • Trishal has extensive knowledge in the financial services, retail, mining and energy sectors.
  • In this time, he has handled assignments on US GAAP reporting, Indian GAAP conversions, Sarbanes Oxley, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as other finance-related matters.
Jason de Beer

Head Operations

  • Jason de Beer was appointed as Cennergi Services’ Head
    of Operations in 2020, after joining the company in 2012.
  • Jason is a Mechanical Engineer with 20 years’ experience, including over 12 years’ experience in the energy field.
  • He has worked on projects including gas generation, co-generation, solar PV and wind.
  • Jason’s experience in the energy field covers the entire value chain, including resource assessment, micro-siting, project development, technical due diligence, contracting, procurement, project management, project execution, and operations.
Takalani Maswime

Head of CSR/HR

  • Takalani has worked in the renewable energy and government sectors for 13 years, and has experience in delivering economic development and environmental advisory services in renewables.
  • He joined Cennergi Services in January 2013 as an Environmental Specialist, and was appointed Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Resources in 2017.
  • He currently serves as the Chairman of the Amakhala Emoyeni Bedford Wind Farm Community Trust and the Amakhala Emoyeni Cookhouse Wind Farm Community Trust.
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TECHNOLOGY

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SHAREHOLDER

Cennergi is a wholly owned subsidiary of Exxaro Resources Limited since 1 April 2020.

For more information on Exxaro click on the link below to be directed to their webpage.

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BBBEE

We are proud to be part of the transforming landscape of South Africa. Here are our credentials in this space:

Broad Based BEE status level:

A level 2 contributor to B-BBEE

BEE procurement recognition level:

125.00%

Black Ownership:

47,12%

Black Women Ownership:

22.54%

Empowering Supplier (Yes/No):

Yes

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Who WE ARE

As an Independent Power Producer of energy, serving an expanding energy market, we strive to create benefits for people, the environment, the economy, and to build value for our Shareholders.

Environment

Cennergi is committed to a clean, safe and healthy environment, and we shall operate our facilities in an environmentally sensitive and responsible manner by pledging to the following:

Continuous improvement that enables Environmental sustainability;

Minimising and preventing pollution;

Complying with applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which Cennergi subscribes which relates to our environmental aspects;

Promoting and sustaining an environmentally responsible culture; and

Respecting people’s culture and heritage.

Cennergi will achieve this by:

Adapting and implementing an Environmental Management System based on ISO14001:2004;

Liaising with the relevant authorities and institutions on legislative issues, standards and their implementation;

Comply with the requirements and spirit of applicable environmental laws and striving to exceed required levels of compliance wherever feasible;

Developing a culture of environmental sustainability through active leadership and providing appropriate training at all levels to ensure that our employees meet environmental standards and obligations;

Conserving natural resources by improving efficiency and reducing wastage;

Considering energy efficiency and our carbon footprint in all business decisions;

Actively communicating this policy to all stakeholders by suitable means and periodically review its relevance in a continuously changing business environment; and

Ensuring that resources are available for the implementation of the above.

Occupational Health and Safety

Cennergi is committed to establishing and maintaining a healthy and safe working environment in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act no. 85 of 1993, by pledging to the following:

Prevention of personal injury and ill health to our employees and stakeholders;

Maintaining and continuously improving of our management system and performance;

Total compliance with all applicable occupational health and safety regulations and other requirements Cennergi subscribes to that relate to our OH&S hazards;

Establishing protocols and the continued monitoring of Cennergi’s OH&S objectives and programs , and

Promoting dialogue with stakeholders regarding Cennergi’s OH&S performance.

Cennergi will achieve this by:

Adapting and implementing internationally recognised OH&S management systems;

Developing a culture of safety through active leadership and providing appropriate training at all levels to enable employees to fulfil their Health and Safety obligations;

Benchmarking our OH&S performance with international industry best OH&S practices;

Incorporating appropriate health and safety criteria into business decisions for selection of technology and contractors and the performance appraisals of individuals;

Actively communicating this policy to all stakeholders by suitable means and periodically reviewing its relevance in a continuously changing business environment; and

Ensuring that resources are available for the implementation of the above

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