Director (Brisbane, Australia)

phone  Tel: +63 (0) 998 5511352
phone  Mob: +61 (0) 412 321 176
linked  Neil Roberts

Neil has worked in the energy sector in the UK, SE Asia and Australasia for over 25 years holding senior positions on a wide range of energy and business development projects. Post graduation, he started work for the CEGB and National Power in the UK as a project engineer and after gaining an MBA became more involved with the commercial development of projects as National Power (the pre cursor to International Power Plc) ventured into the overseas markets as an IPP. Neil was a founding partner of a successful energy development company in Hong Kong in the mid-1990s and moved to Australia in 1998 working on several generating asset sales, cogeneration developments and was a co-founding director of an ultimately listed (UK) renewable energy and development company, Novera Energy.

Neil founded ARC Developments in 2002 leading the advisory and development work on the company’s projects and under mandates for several international power producers, governments and financiers throughout SE Asia, Latin America and Australia on a wide range of energy projects (fossil fuel fired, renewable, transmission and distribution).

Neil’s main areas of expertise encompass the technical and commercial aspects of business / energy sector development, including, feasibility and concept stages of projects through full development, ad-hoc advisory work on particular contracts (PPA, EPC, O&M, Fuel Supply etc), bid structuring, bid & project evaluation, logistics, approvals and due diligence.

Neil was born in Blackpool, England and holds a B.Eng Mech (Hons) and an MBA.

Director (Hong Kong, China)

phone  Tel: + 852 6899 0391
phone  Fax: + 852 3157 0854
phone  Mob: + 852 6899 0391
linked  Angus Davidson

Angus is an energy and infrastructure debt finance specialist, having acted as advisor, financier and investor to sponsors and transactions in the power, mining, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors since 1996.  Angus’s career started in Sydney, Australia, working in corporate finance for Bank of Tokyo as a credit analyst. He moved to Societe Generale and spent 10 years working in the bank’s project finance department, providing senior debt and financial advisory services to clients developing or acquiring assets Australia wide. Angus worked on the Victorian power asset privatisations in the late 1990s, the national privatisations of airports in early 2000s, merchant power deals in South Australia and numerous pipeline financings in Queensland. In 2001 Angus acted as one of the arrangers of the landmark Alice to Darwin railway. Angus went on to set up the PFI/PPP initiative for Societe Generale in Australia, advising and financing on transactions such as NSW Schools and Melbourne Showgrounds. Angus also bid numerous toll road deals, including Lane Cove Tunnel, Rivercity and acted as a lead arranger in refinancing Sydney’s M7 motorway. Angus acted in offshore facilities as well, notably for Oil Search (PNG) and Ravva Oil (india).

In 2006 Angus joined WestLB in Hong Kong to develop the bank’s origination capability across both energy and infrastructure throughout Asia. As an Executive Director Angus successfully placed the bank into numerous bids and financings including bids for all three of the Singapore generating companies (Tuas, Senoko and Seraya) and the successful recent S$670m project financing of GMR’s Island Power project (since sold to First Pacific). Angus continued with PFI/PPP finance acting as one of the MLAs in Singapore’s groundbreaking S$1.78bn Sportshub transaction, sponsored by HSBC infrastructure Fund.

Angus also developed the advisory franchise of the bank, particularly with Korean and Malaysian sponsors looking to expand offshore. WestLB acted for Kepco on numerous occasions, co advised KNOC on a drill rig in Kazakhstan, and Tanjong Power on bids in the Middle East. Angus also advised local Indonesian clients on the development and ECA financing of two power stations in Indonesia.

Angus was born in Vietnam, raised in Asia and educated in the UK. He holds Australian and European passports and holds a BA (Hons) in Finance from the University of West London.

Srinivas Rao

phone  Tel: +614 705 01002
linked  Srinivas Rao

Srini has been associated with a wide gamut of roles in the energy sector for about 11 years. Most recent years of his experience are in project development and the initial years have been spent in consulting and energy markets research.

Post his management education in India, Srini was in a global Consulting company for 3 years advising energy utilities in USA on key business and technology initiatives to drive their top-line growth and diversify their asset portfolios. Subsequently, on his return to India, Srini was engaged in advisory work for 2.5 years with a leading global investment bank tracking blue chip publicly listed companies in the burgeoning energy sector that was witnessing major reforms like privatization and development of coal-based Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPP) of the size of 4000MW.

To get a slice of the development action, Srini took a plunge into the energy sector joining JSW Energy, India’s leading independent power producer with a 5000MW portfolio of coal based and hydro assets. At JSW, he was in a business development role for 2 years, bidding for greenfield projects in transmission and generation, evaluating large project acquisitions, conceptualizing and developing captive projects for JSW’s flagship steel business and also started the firm’s renewables business.

In 2010, Srini joined the mainstream renewables sector and was associated with India’s leading Solar power producers till 2014. He successfully developed a unique project portfolio of 100MW in utility scale and distributed generation segments under PPA, EPC and Public Private partnership (PPP) development models.

Srini’s main areas of expertise encompass the financial and commercial aspects of project development including project origination, financial feasibility, bid evaluation and structuring, termsheets, contracts and negotiations for PPA and sale of assets.

Srini holds a B.Tech (Mech) from IIT Madras, an MBA from IIM Lucknow and an Energy Innovation Certificate from Stanford University.

Director (London, UK)

phone  Tel: + 44 7989494401

Andy has over 35 years’ of experience in the Power Industry where he has focused on the development of major power plant projects worldwide. Andy’s expertise lies in the design, specification, procurement and delivery of CCGT, CHP, biomass, and fossil-fired power plants.

Andy commenced his career with the UK’s Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB), as an engineering graduate based at the Generation, Development and Construction Division (GD&CD). Since privatisation of the Electricity Supply Industry, Andy has developed projects in the UK (Killingholme, Deeside, Little Barford, Didcot), Australia (Pelican Point), Turkey (Marmara) and North America (Midlothian, Blackstone, Hays) for National Power, Innogy and RWE npower. He has also managed technical due diligence studies for potential power plant acquisitions in China and managed feasibility studies for coal-fired power plant developments in China (Jiaxing, Shaowu) and South Africa (Gokwe North).

Andy has held leadership roles for 20 years, including Executive Vice President Generation Engineering for Innogy LLC, based in Chicago, where he was responsible for successfully negotiating the sale of five wind farm development projects to Orion Energy Inc.

On his return to the UK in 2004, Andy took a role as Head of Business Development UK & Ireland for RWE npower where he secured high-profile engineering consultancy roles for the development of a new 100MWe biomass CHP plant in Ireland, including feasibility and design, Owner’s Engineer and O&M services. Andy also negotiated RWE npower’s competitive tender for the Operations & Maintenance contract at a 440MWe CCGT Power Plant in Ireland, and was responsible for managing a small specialist team charged with identifying opportunities for RWE npower in the UK’s Energy-from-Waste market.

Since leaving RWE npower in 2011, Andy has provided independent engineering consultancy services to a number of clients in the power industry, including Qatalum Power Plant (Qatar), AfGen plc (Ghana), RWE npower (UK) and ARC Developments International (Mongolia).

Andy was born in Gloucester, England, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Director (Oxford, UK)

phone  Tel: + 44 1865 790 060
phone  Mob: + 44 7590 900 598
linked  Steve Drummond

Steve’s has spent his entire career in the energy sector, with international senior roles, encompassing power plant operations and engineering, banking and corporate finance, trading and project development.

Steve started his career as a graduate mechanical engineer in the UK power generation sector (CEGB), working in engineering roles on conventional and nuclear plant in station design, construction and operations, becoming a chartered mechanical engineer in 1991. Shortly following privatization of the UK electricity industry in 1990, Steve moved to the corporate strategy department of National Power, where he was responsible for the launch of a new IPP initiative (National Power International (which was eventually spun off as International Power), and involved heavily in the process to re-structure the UK generation portfolio following the establishment of the UK power trading pool.

Steve graduated with an MBA from Warwick Business School in 1993 and established National Power’s IPP business in China, developing and negotiating £2bn of investments in China for four years. Steve then moved from Beijing to Sydney, where he became a Partner of corporate finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers, establishing a successful power plant project finance and M&A business, servicing clients in Australia and Asia.

In 2000, Steve conceived and raised investment to found and lead what was to become the world’s largest carbon broker and project developer, CantorCO2e. The company provided primary and secondary market brokering services to clients worldwide and was expert in helping project developers in developing countries to access carbon finance. During his tenure at CantorCO2e, Steve was responsible for many global market ‘firsts’ and actively contributed to the development of most of the world’s carbon markets.

Steve left CantorCO2e in 2009 to focus exclusively on renewable energy, pursuing a number of private projects and co-founding ARC Developments UK in 2013.

In addition to carbon, Steve’s particular areas of expertise are the engineering and financing of renewable energy projects, taking roles internationally as diverse as owner’s engineer, through commercial developer, to finance raising in the London markets. In the last few years Steve has worked extensively on biomass power plants, waste gasification, wind and solar energy in the UK, Americas and Asia.

Steve is resident in Oxford, England. He was born in Sydney, Australia and holds a BSc Hons Mechanical Engineering from Leeds University (UK) and an MBA from Warwick Business School (UK).

Associate (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

phone  Tel: +60 3 620 10 200
phone  Mob: +60 19 231 2396
linked  Bill Baker

Bill has over 40 years’ experience in the international energy sector industry in all types of generation spanning hydro, nuclear, fossil fuel and renewables from some of the smallest ─ mini-hydro and landfill gas ─ to the largest ─ up to over 1,000MW for modern supercritical coal-fired plant. Since 1998, Bill has been based in Kuala Lumpur serving as a Regional Director for Powergen of the UK and, from 2002 through 2010, for E.ON of Germany. From early 2010 Bill has worked for ARC extensively and has provided specialist technical and commercial support for power projects in Indonesia, New Caledonia, Cuba, Chile and Mongolia.

Prior to working with Powergen, Bill worked with American Electric Power and Con Edison of the US, followed by 17 years in Frankfurt, Germany, as a consulting engineer and project manager with Lahmeyer International. Some of the many projects completed in the role of Owner’s Engineer include the 8x300MW Doha West Project in Kuwait, several 210MW Chinese units in Pakistan and Bangladesh, the 600MW Kot Addu Combined Cycle Power Station in Pakistan and the 2x350MW Cairo West Power Station in Egypt, amongst others.

Involvement with various international financing agencies includes the Kuwait Fund, the Arab Fund, the Asia Development Bank (ADB), EBRD, the World Bank and the UK and French Agencies, ECGD and COFACE.

In Malaysia from 1998 to 2005, Bill served as the Owner’s Engineer for the development of a 3x700MW Coal-fired Power Station; other initiatives include technical support to ANZ for Malakoff’s acquisition of a 40% stake in the 2200MW Kapar Power Station, as well as a number of due diligence exercises and feasibility studies for such clients as Petronas, Sime Darby, Powertek, Malakoff and others.
Overall project experience covers more than 25 countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and includes very aspect of project development from planning, conceptual design and feasibility studies, cost assessment and economic viability issues, licensing and consents, construction, commissioning and testing, claims adjudication, and operation and maintenance for all types of plants.

Bill is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of New York with postgraduate work at Penn State University, and subsequent business courses at Warwick University and Henley in the UK. Bill is a member of the ASME and a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State.

Associate (Bangkok, Thailand)

phone  Tel: +66 81905 0027
linked  Alex Woods

Alex has 25 years of experience in the energy and resources sector in which he has focused on the delivery of major projects and optimisation programmes in the power industry worldwide.  Alex has expertise in project management, contract management, operations and maintenance, change management, procurement and regulatory affairs.

Alex trained as a geophysicist and worked in seismic exploration for 5 years in the Far East and Middle East before moving into the downstream energy business, with the advent of deregulation in the gas and electricity markets in the UK.  Volunteer Energy was a successful gas shipper in the liberalized US markets and Alex helped found the UK and European operations based upon the US model.  Subsequently he developed a European electricity purchasing and trading model which was thereafter implemented in the US operation.

For the past 15 years, Alex has worked as a business consultant across a wide range of organisations in the energy sector.  At Atos Origin he led the global utilities team and was responsible for the development of industry solutions for billing, customer care, contract management, enterprise asset management and resource planning, spanning the whole value chain from production/generation through to transmission, distribution and customer supply.  Returning to the Far East with Origin in 2000, in 2003 Alex joined SAP Asia – then the leading supplier of technology solutions to the Energy sector – and spearheaded a programme of rapid growth in software and consulting sales in the Asia-Pacific region.  In 2007 Alex was recruited into Wood Group to roll out a successful programme of change management focused on the delivery operations and maintenance services to the power generation industry based on value-based and alliance contracting principles.

Since leaving Wood Group in 2009, Alex has worked on a number of power projects with ARC Developments International including Sri Lanka (CCGT), Pakistan (Biomass), Malaysia (Renewables), Philippines (CFB Coal) and New Caledonia (CFB Coal).  Alex manages ARC’s Thailand office.

Alex was born and educated in England and holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Exploration Geophysics from University College London.

Associate (Jakarta, Indonesia)

phone  Tel: +62 8138 118 9139
phone  Mob: +62 8151 425 1959

Ferdian started his career in late 1990’s as Civil Engineer in various transportation infrastructure projects throughout Southern California. This native Indonesian with US education background went back to his home country in the mid 2000’s where he started to focus more on the mining sector, including precious metals & coal.

His initial mining related roles include development of Martabe Gold Mine Project in the Province of North Sumatra through completion of FS and EIA in order to secure the Project’s production and operational permits and approvals.

Later he joined a Jakarta based consultancy company as Partner providing services to various local and foreign mining companies throughout Indonesia with main responsibilities to include assistance during project acquisition and development into production.

In 2009, Ferdian joined ARC and was instrumental in the negotiation an agreed Electricity Sales and Purchase Agreement with the state-owned Indonesian electricity utility company (PLN) for supply of electricity with discounted fixed tariff to support the Martabe Gold Mine operation throughout 9-year life of mine.

To-date he had successfully completed a number of coal concession acquisitions/transactions and now actively involved in coal development, operation and trading. Ade leads the ARC initiatives in Indonesia.

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