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P17159 Coal-Fired Power Plants Investment, Commercial and Environmental Considerations
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Coal-Fired Power Plants Investment, Commercial and Environmental Considerations

26 – 27 Sept 2019, Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Singapore

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Key Learning Outcomes

  • Regional investment and financing outlooks for Coal-fired Power Plants (CFPPs)
  • Demand projections and production updates
  • Regulatory structures and incentives affecting CFPPs investment
  • M&A vs greenfield project development
  • Financing and refinancing strategies – differences across markets
  • Development in clean coal technologies and environmentally compliant coal generation measures
  • Plants’ KPI; key efficiency metrics, implementation, CAPEX, OPEX and ROI
  • Retrofitting for environment compliance measures – trends, case studies and options
  • EPC contracts and roles of OEMs
  • PPAs for bankable greenfield projects
  • Technologies and case studies for CFPP modernisation

Who Should Attend

C-level, GM, Director, Manager of Operations, Plants, Finance, Investment, Technical, Energy Management and Compliance from

  • Independent Power Producers, Coal/Thermal power plant operators
  • Energy investors, private equity
  • Energy regulators
  • EPC contractors
  • Plant equipment, service providers
  • Legal, Financial Advisory services
  • Electricity distribution

What Delegates Like About Our Energy Programmes

“Trainer generously offered real-life experiences in coal plant operations and challenging questions to engage participants in discussions. The course will help me engage better with plant operations to improve O&M planning, outage probability modelling & analyses and power supply improvement”
– Joseph Amosco, AVP & Head – Energy Management, Meralco – Mpower

“The programme is absolutely related to my work, help improve my understanding of the coal market”
– Amir Rizman Ramali, Executive, TNB Fuel Services

“Informative programme and trainer helped clarify a lot of my questions about coal-fired power plant operations”
– Suffian Suboh, Energy Analyst, SRC International

“I have gained much better picture of what is going on in coal and power industry within ASEAN, particularly in Philippines. Great attendance for a training course which encourages effective networking”
– Nicole Alexandria Nethercott, Energy Trader, GNPower Mariveles Coal Plant

“Improved my knowledge of the coal-fired power plant operations, as well as maintenance scheduling”
– Yong Yoon Cho, Technical Director, Phu My 3 Bot Power Company

“Trainer is very experienced in the subjects presented, I enjoy picking up new knowledge from the course”
– Vindie Eu, Manager, Cement Industries of Malaysia (CIMA)


Packages Price
2 Day TrainingSGD $3495Early Bird

Special 1 + 1 offer. Register 2 delegates at the price of one.
For Group Registrations, email or call +65 6508 2401
First come first served and subject to organisers’ final review to accept/reject registration.



  • Special Group Discount pricing is applicable to groups of 2 or more delegates from the same organisation registering for the same event, at the same time.
  • Fee stated is the discounted price PER DELEGATE. Only one discount applies – either the early bird rate OR the Special Group Discount.
  • All fees stated include luncheons, refreshments and complete set of documentation. It does not include the cost of accommodation and travel.
  • A 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST) is applicable to all Singapore based companies for Singapore venue.
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Course Director

Edward McCartin
Transformational Infrastructure Holdings

Edward has over 30 years of finance & legal advisory experience and is a long-time leader in the Southeast Asia power sector, handling over 20 years the financing, construction and operation of power stations around the world. He’d held top line management experience in major multinationals including CEO/COO, senior business development, finance and general counsel roles with Fortune 500/FTSE 50 companies and affiliates including Chevron Geothermal, Alterra Power Corporation, Origin Energy, Tata Power, Greenworld Renewables Philippines, Synova Advanced Power Systems (ASEAN), Asia Renewables, The AES Corporation, PT. Paiton Energy, MidAmerican Energy Holdings and many more. Edward specialises in

  • Negotiating complex PPA, EPC, O&M, land-use and fuel supply contracts
  • Complex & bespoke project finance structures with ECAs, Multi-laterals, Commercial banks and capital market investors
  • Economic, commercial & political risk identification, mitigation and insurance
  • Tax and corporate structuring; debt restructures; collection of claims in cross-border infrastructure projects
  • M&A and divestiture of projects
  • Dispute resolution

Within thermal power generation markets, Edward’s been involved in developing, expanding, financing and reviewing of M&A opportunities for over 4000MW of CFPPs, including:

  • Construction of a 270MW coal plant in Philippines (2014-2018)
  • Acquisition of 80MW in Java (2014-2015) and 60MW in Kalimantan (2015-2016) and a 600MW acquisition and expansion development in the Philippines (2017-2018)
  • Developed Paiton units 7&8 (1300MW) and Paiton Unit 3 (815MW) as COO between 2000-2008
  • Acquisition of Masinloc in Philippines (2008-2009) and divestiture of coal fired plants in China (2008-2010)
  • Development of gas cleaning technologies utilising Shell’s “clean coal” technology” (2013-2016) as SVP – Asian Operations/President-Philippines at Synova Advanced Power Systems
  • Acted as main advisor to major Indonesian conglomerate to investment in thermal power station and renewables (coal, hydro and biomass) including market analyses, specific project opportunity identification, competitive advantage analyses and consortium structuring (2010-2013)
  • Structured and financed coal mine methane and landfill gas power generation projects in China and Thailand (2009-2013)
  • Developed marketing structure for one of the first internationally owned CFPPs in Philippines leading to $100 million turn-around in profitability at AES Corporation (2008-2019)
  • Successfully restructured of largest IPP and debt package in power deal in Indonesia (Pt. Paiton Energy) of 4.5 million tonnes/year and negotiated PPA for 815MW CFPP expansion IPP including mixed tariff adjustments for USD and JPY payments

Edward was most recently Executive Director of Greenworld Renewables Holdings Corp, and the Senior Vice President-Asian Operations for Synova Power developing waste to energy company based in SE Asia generally, in particular in the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Edward is currently Chief Operating Officer of Transformational Infrastructure Holding where he advises the financing of billion-dollar LNG-to-power projects. He holds a Master of Laws from New York University (1993)

Digital Badge

Upon completion of this training course, participants will earn a digital badge.

Earners of CFPP Certificates have acquired advanced-level skills in evaluating commercial, regulatory feasibility of, and innovations in coal plant investments. They are proficient in regional investment & financing outlooks, demand projection & production updates, coal price & supply risks, emerging regulatory structures as well as financing/re-financing structures for both M&A and greenfield projects. They are also skilled in managing projects’ EPC, PPA contracts, and analysing numerous emission-reduction technologies.

investment, financing, re-financing, M&A, greenfield development, emission reduction, environmental, efficiency enhancing, waste heat recovery, advanced control technologies, boiler optimisation, coal supply, coal prices, KPIs, regulatory structure, demand forecasting, demand-side management, EPC contracts, PPAs, retrofitting.

Attend and participate in the 2 full days of training course duration, led by the designated training expert

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Demand projections and production updates in the SE Asia Markets

  • Effects of slowing economic growth in developed markets
  • Impacts of renewables on base load “backbone” projects
  • Transmission enhancement and grid growth

Regulatory Structures and Incentives vs. Roadblocks

  • Merchant projects and Power Pools-Different Directions in Different Markets
  • Demand forecasting and demand side management
  • Clearing transactions and impacts on project financing

Managing Demand Risk and Coal Supply Risks to maintain profitability

  • Long term OEM maintenance and Outage Strategies
  • Coal Contracting Strategies in Uncertain Times
  • Coal supply developments in a COP 2015 world
  • Regulatory developments impacting coal supply
  • Clean coal technologies in ASEAN and financing options

CFPP Investment and Financing outlook

  • Project financing lenders’ appetite
  • Belt and Road Initiative
  • Continued Roles for Export Credit Agencies and Development Finance Institutions
  • Changing Evaluation criteria (Equator Principles, Limitations on Coal Project Funding)
  • Alternative funding sources (Project Bonds, Private Equity)

M&A vs Greenfield Project Development

  • Different strategies for different markets
    • Merchant market opportunities for older plants
    • LNG competition for Peak Load Dispatch
  • Financing strategies and Refinancing Strategies
    • Export credit financing for M&A Mezzanine Debt
    • How to refinance projects under BOOT type PPAs
  • Changes in Sponsors and Sponsor Obligations

Environmentally compliant coal power generation

  • Developments in clean coal tech
  • Clean coal technologies in ASEAN and financing options
  • Other key plant efficiency metrics and how to implement
  • Upgrading existing plants
  • CAPEX and OPEX considerations

Case study: Retrofitting for environment compliance measures – Trends and Options

  • Global air pollution control systems
  • Evaluate economic viability and cost-effectiveness of environmental compliance retrofitting: CCS, FGD
  • Waste Heat Recovery systems

KPIs for Coal Plants

  • Plant operations, Operating Costs and control strategies
    • Asset management in coal plants
    • Maintenance and downtime strategies
    • Automation and upgrade decisions
    • Long term OEM maintenance and Outage Strategies

Case study: Coal blending, and optimizing multiple CV coal supplies

Strategic Coal Procurement

  • Managing Coal Supply and Price Risks to maintain profitability
  • Coal Contracting Strategies
  • Coal supply developments in a COP 2015 world
  • Regulatory developments impacting coal supply
  • Coal Supply Agreements
    • Coal Supply and quality management
    • Price risk management

Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for bankable greenfield projects

  • Government Support Arrangements
  • Competition in Merchant Markets
  • Guarantees, risks and insurance across region
  • Coal supply agreements
    • Coal supply and quality management
    • Price risk management

EPC Contracts and the Roles of OEM

  • EPC Contractor Performance Guaranties and Performance Security
  • Risk sharing with EPC and Project Financing Issues

Modernising the coal power plant – case study

  • Trends in digitalisation, interconnected power plants
  • Estimation of generation efficiency gains, operating cost and emissions
  • Intelligent forecasting and portfolio optimization
  • Power plants predictive asset performance and maintenance systems
  • Cyber security
  • Advanced control technologies used for boiler optimization


when & where

26 - 27 Sep 2019

Mandarin Orchard Singapore, by Meritus
333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
Tel: +65 6831 6062 | Fax: +65 6737 3130
Mobile No.: +65 8298 9442
Contact Person: Tan Ai Li

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