Simpson Grierson lawyer heads up monumental Sri Lankan power deal

The World Bank has appointed New Zealand lawyer Rabin Rabindran as a legal specialist to assist the Sri Lankan government with the development of a multimillion-dollar power project, the largest to have ever been carried out in the country

Rabindran, a partner with commercial firm Simpson Grierson, will work as part of a team advising on a combined cycle gas turbine facility of around 300MW on a build-own-operate-transfer basis. Other members include a project manager and a power planning specialist from New Zealand engineering consultancy Meritec, as well as electro-mechanical engineering, environmental, finance and banking experts from the UK and Singapore.
The team, appointed by the World Bank, will advise the government on selecting a developer, reviewing the technical arrangements, preparing a request for proposals and assisting with the pre-qualification process. It will also respond to bidders’ queries, assist with bid evaluations, negotiate project agreements and finalise documents.
Rabindran, who specialises in major national and international project negotiation and documentation, was chosen on the recommendation of Meritec’s Auckland office. His past roles include advising Fletcher Challenge Energy on the Taranaki Combined Cycle Power Station and St Lucia’s government on the development of the country’s Soufriere geothermal field.
“The World Bank has got pretty strict guidelines as to the basis on which they choose people,” says Rabindran. “I’m delighted and elated to have this sort of role.”
Rabindran, who will continue to work from New Zealand, has been contracted to spend 65 days in Sri Lanka during the next 18 months. He has recently returned from the country following meetings with government entities, and his next visit will take place towards the end of March.