Sue Grant-Mar­shall

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Re­new­able en­ergy is the wind be­neath the wings of pas­sion­ate and deter­mined Linda Mab­hena-Ola­gunju, whose vi­sion is to power Africa. “My busi­ness model is set on this con­ti­nent and I want the time to come when no­body stud­ies by can­dle­light,” she declares.

DLO En­ergy Re­sources is al­ready in­volved as a co-de­vel­oper of one so­lar power plant and two wind farms, both lo­cated in De Aar in the North­ern Cape.

The lat­ter have a com­bined ca­pac­ity of 244 megawatts, mak­ing them among the largest wind farms cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped in Africa.

“We also have a gas-to-power project pipe­line here, and in Nige­ria we are cur­rently de­vel­op­ing a so­lar project pipe­line,” says Mab­hena-Ola­gunju.

Fur­ther­more, DLO pro­vides le­gal and reg­u­la­tory ad­vi­sory ser­vices to in­vestors, de­vel­op­ers and gov­ern­ments want­ing to cre­ate en­ergy projects.

As a lawyer who grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Cape Town with an LLB and went on to ob­tain her LLM in oil and gas law (with dis­tinc­tion) from the Univer­sity of Aberdeen in the UK, she’s well placed to of­fer le­gal ad­vice in her sec­tor.

While in Aberdeen, she ended up work­ing on a re­new­able en­ergy project.

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