South African miner Exxaro buys remaining 50% stake in wind farm JV

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African miner Exxaro Resources Ltd EXXJ.J said on Tuesday it acquired the remaining 50% stake in its wind farm joint venture for 1.55 billion rand ($105.56 million) as it looks to expand its energy business.

The move will help Exxaro consolidate its interest in renewable energy at a time when South Africa needs energy security amid increasing negative sentiment toward coal-based electricity generation, said Exxaro Chief Executive Officer Mxolisi Mgojo.

South Africa, Africa’s most advanced economy and also its worst polluter, generates most of its energy from coal-fired power plants that emit millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Exxaro bought the stake from Khopoli Investments, a subsidiary of Tata Power Company, and said the agreement was subject to regulatory approvals.

Cennergi, the joint venture, owns two wind farms in the Eastern Cape province with a projected 2019 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of around 850 million rand.

Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu