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Sasol sells 30% stake in Mozambique gas pipe for R5.1bn

As it shores up funds to pay down debt.
Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Sasol agreed to sell a 30% stake in a natural gas pipeline running from Mozambique to South Africa for as much as R5.1 billion ($361 million) as it shores up funds to pay down debt.

The deal is part of an accelerated asset-sale program that’ll help Sasol reduce borrowings that ballooned amid cost overruns at a giant US chemicals project. The company started hunting for a buyer for its pipeline shares last year as it examined ways to bolster its finances amid mounting pressure from creditors.

Sasol will sell the stake in the Rompco pipeline to a group of buyers including a unit of South African financial-services firm Old Mutual, it said in a statement on Friday. The fuel and chemicals maker will retain a 20% holding and continue to operate and maintain the 865-kilometer (540-mile) link.

The Rompco line — short for Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investment Co. — currently transports gas from the Pande and Temane fields in Mozambique to Sasol’s operations in South Africa. Once those resources are depleted, it could be a potential route to market for liquefied natural gas arriving at the planned Maputo terminal.

The sale comprises an initial amount of R4.1 billion and a deferred payment of as much as R1 billion if certain milestones are achieved by the end of June 2024. The deal is expected to become effective during the second half of this year.

The buying consortium includes Reatile Group Pty Ltd., a black-owned South African investment company focused on energy and petrochemicals, along with the IDEAS Fund, an infrastructure equity fund managed by African Infrastructure Investment Managers Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Old Mutual.

Old Mutual was cited as a frontrunner for the stake back in October, as was France’s Total SE, with the suggestion being that Sasol would divest its entire 50% interest.

The South African and Mozambican governments each own 25% of the Rompco line.

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Not sure what to say, but at least they seem to be on the road to recovery

hopefully the amount that it was sold for, was a market related price for such project and not just a “take what we can get as long as we can see the cash inflow thereof” happened to several soe’s like the case where the oil reserve was sold under cost price etc etc

Desperate times, desperate measures

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