Exclusive Interview with Robin Sutherland, COO of Anglo Eurasia Power Africa

Nina Febo: You are the COO of Anglo Eurasia Power Africa, could you tell us a little more about the company and its mission?

Robin Sutherland: Anglo Eurasia Power Africa LLC is a consultancy with a mission to assist African countries to maximize the value of their considerable natural resources to power economic growth while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

NF: We understand you are working on a gas to power project to be developed in Mozambique and with a regional reach – could you tell us a little more about the project?

RS: As we all know, and will be discussing at the Summit at the end of the month, massive gas resources have been discovered offshore northern Mozambique and these need to be utilised for the direct benefit of the people of Mozambique and the broader southern African region. Our project involves the construction of a large and highly efficient gas to power plant next to the LNG facilities to satisfy current and future electricity demand in Mozambique, facilitate economic growth in the region through the provision of relatively cheap energy and create value through export to the southern African power pool.  

NF: There are a number of gas projects proposed for the region. Are there particular reasons why your project makes unique sense?

RS: The scale of our project provides immediate benefits in terms of both cost and efficiency for the power plant itself, resulting in the provision of electricity with the lowest possible greenhouse gas emissions at a reasonable price which will make other industries, such as petrochemicals and future LNG plants, more effective as they will not need to create their own power. Distance to market has always been a challenge for the Southern African Power Pool but our project makes use of the best technology to solve that particular problem.  By taking advantage of infrastructure already in place (the gas production facilities for LNG and the exiting Apollo power line to South Africa), this is the most cost-effective way to provide power to both countries. 

NF: Do you have experience of other projects of similar magnitude and complexity?

RS: Yes. The TAPP project, which involves construction of a similar gas to power plant in gas rich Turkmenistan and export of that electricity to Afghanistan and Pakistan, is of similar scale and is currently in progress. We will bring the same proven project manager and technology provider to our project in Mozambique.  

NF: You are speaking at the Mozambique Gas Virtual Summit in October, what are you the most looking forward to at the event?

RS: In our current COVID-19 impacted world the opportunity to network with old friends and make new contacts is greatly appreciated. I am particularly looking forward to the spotlight session on day 2, highlighting the masterplan for Cabo Delgado and the development of Pemba as a gas city which is massively exciting for Mozambique and the region. I look forward to interesting discussions, understanding the various projects being proposed and seeing how our project can help them to work effectively and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.

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