22 November 2017
Australia’s push into renewables has empowered highly qualified
power engineers to advance their technical capabilities by
embracing innovation and remaining adaptive. They play a critical
role by filling gaps to protect owner’s interests while navigating
the maze of complexities, mitigating risk from start to
Jennie Burdeniuk, GHD Owner’s Engineer for the Hornsdale Wind
Farm, says it has been one of the most challenging and promising
projects of her career.
“Supporting Neoen Australia through an intense period of
transformation was a steep learning curve. Knowing who to bring in
to ensure the continuation of work when you are being pulled in
different directions takes trust in your team’s technical
capability to solve problems as we anticipate them,” adds
The South Australia system black event, which occurred just over
a year ago, compelled regulators to question and assess wind
performance, ultimately leading to delays in the registration
This led to Hornsdale Stage 2 being selected for an
Australian-first trial to demonstrate the ability for wind farms to
provide frequency control services, traditionally provided by coal
and gas plants.
Jennie says she “considers herself extremely fortunate to be
working with Neoen during this exciting time – being involved in
ground-breaking projects, including the largest battery in the
The 100 MW/129 MWh battery installation known as the Hornsdale
Power Reserve is currently being constructed close to the Hornsdale
Wind Farm. Jennie is managing the registration and licensing
process on behalf of Neoen.
“Big ideas are being fully realised. The world’s biggest battery
installation project will further change the way the market is
operating which makes today’s challenges very rewarding.
“I’ve found that being flexible, adapting to change and working
collaboratively with all stakeholders has been critical to
successfully navigating these projects,” adds Jennie.
“I am committed and take full ownership of my role. I take it
completely personally - Hornsdale will forever be my windfarm.”