June 2017

62 APAC / June 2017 , 1703AP23 An Abundance of Energy ARC offers development professionals with global experience gained from international IPPs, engineering houses, utilities management and investment banks. We interviewed the Director (Brisbane, Australia), Neil Roberts to find out more about his own career, current job role and of course the company itself. ARC’s Director (Brisbane, Australia), Neil Roberts 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). Neil continues the story in his own words. “I was a founding partner of a successful energy development company in Hong Kong in the mid-1990s. I moved to Australia in 1998, working on several generating asset sales, cogeneration developments and I was a co-founding director of an ultimately listed (UK) renewable energy and development company, Novera Energy. “I 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). “My main areas of expertise encompass the technical and commercial aspects of business and energy sector development. This includes feasibility and concept stages of projects through full development, ad-hoc advisory work on contracts (PPA, EPC, O&M, Fuel Supply etc.), bid structuring, bid & project evaluation, logistics, approvals and due diligence. I was born in Blackpool in the UK and proudly hold a B. Eng Mech (Hons) and an MBA.” Adept in coal fired, through to all types of renewables technology, the company integrates up to date product knowledge and commercial trends to deliver multidisciplinary advice. From concept to feasibility, bespoke contract work to full project management, energy supply options to EPC RFPs, ARC serves a growing roster of governments, corporates and investors. Neil is then keen to explore the firm’s important work concerning procurement & PPPs. “Procurement & PPPs ARC works with governments, development agencies and multilaterals, to provide expertise in infrastructure procurement and public private partnerships. We provide early feasibility studies, draft requests for proposal documents and act as transaction advisors throughout bidding processes “From early PPPs in Australia including Alice to Darwin railway, Tarong Energy, NSW Schools and Melbourne Showgrounds Redevelopment, to landmark projects in Asia such as the Singapore Sportshub ARC directors have been involved in some of the largest PPPs in Asia. We currently act as an empanelled advisor to the Philippines PPP Center.”

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