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Our team of recognised industry leaders understands the issues and challenges facing industry. We work closely with our clients to provide innovative solutions at every stage of the project lifecycle.

GHD in power

From waste energy-recovered solutions to cogeneration facilities, cleaner application of conventional carbon-based technologies and renewable waste energy sources - capture new ideas and greater operational efficiency with GHD.

Access advice on a diverse range of power generation and delivery technology across areas such as:

  • Planning and development of Transmission and Distribution networks including power lines and substations to efficiently, effectively and reliably deliver power to meet clients needs
  • Conventional fossil fuel firing in thermal power plants (e.g. sub-critical and super-critical coal-fired plants, coal seam and natural gas-fired combined cycle gas turbines and cogeneration)
  • Renewable energy (hydroelectric, tidal, wind, geothermal, solar and biomass)
  • Emerging ‘green’ technologies such as integrated gasification combined cycle

We help clients tackle a complex future of increased regulation and scrutiny


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Tasmanian Operational Frequency Standard Change, Alinta, Tamar Valley

Tasmanian Operational Frequency Standard Change,

GHD completed system studies, reserve impact and requirements of under frequency load shedding, special protection systems changes and negotiations with AEMC and AEMO to allow connection of a gas fired power station.


Taysan Copper Mine, Philippines

Taysan Copper Mine

GHD has examined the feasibility of providing power to the proposed copper mine in Taysan 110km south of Manilla and an associated port facility. The type of fuel, location of generation and transmission options were examined.


Kwinana high efficiency CCGT,Verve Energy

Kwinana high efficiency CCGT

GHD prepared the pre feasibility and feasibility studies to replace an ageing conventional steam plant with high efficiency gas turbines (GE LMS 100) and was engaged as Owners Engineer to assist in the implementation and execution


200MW Solar CSP plant engineering, Acciona Energy

200MW Solar CSP plant engineering

GHD was engaged to undertake a site feasibility study (geotechnical, water and gas resources), engineering designs (solar field and power block) and grid connection studies.


Frances Bay Zone Substation, NT Power and Water Corporation, Darwin

Frances Bay Zone Substation

GHD developed the concept design to secure power supply to Darwin. Detailed civil, structural, primary and secondary designs included the rearrangement of the existing underground cable network..


CopperString EHV grid augmentation

CopperString EHV grid augmentation

GHD developed a strategy and regulatory concept for connecting the north west mineral province to the northern Queensland network. GHD managed negotiations with State and Federal governments, Ergon, Powerlink, AEMO and end-user customers.


Sino Iron

sino iron

GHD undertook the concept design, prepared the technical specification, route selection and detailed design for a 220kV transmission line and substation at Cape Preston for a large scale magnetite project in north-west Australia.


Mackay Sugar cogeneration plant

Mackay Sugar

GHD provided full line service to obtain the connection agreement, registration of the plant in the NEM, development of models and settings, connection negotiations with Ergon, R2 testing and plant commissioning.


EIA for a 2750MW 1912km HVDC transmission network, HidroAysen, Chile

Hidro Aysen

GHD prepared an EIA for a power transmission line spanning 67 municipalities along its 1912km length. This included 160km of submarine cable, converter and substations, and transportation.


Cullerin Range Wind Farm, Origin Energy

Cullerin Range Wind Farm

GHD provided technical services including R2 testing and generator registration in the NEM, power quality assessment and connection negotiations with AEMO and Essential Energy


Coal to the Rescue in Chile

Chile is a country with a heavy reliance on hydropower and gas fired combined cycle. However, a crisis in the supply of gas to Chile forced many of the gas fired plants to swap to expensive imported oil as replacement fuel. The long term solution for base load power is the development of coal fired power stations and more hydropower.

GHD’s Santiago office is playing a major role in the development of new power projects in Chile and nearby Peru with significant roles in environmental permitting and project development. One of these roles is Owner’s Engineer to Colbun for the development of a 350MW coal fired power station.

Cogeneration plants increase energy efficiency


Two new 140MW gas-fired cogeneration units in Western Australia were the latest projects delivered through GHD’s long relationship with leading energy infrastructure company Alinta.

The cogeneration plants deliver more than 75 percent energy efficiency, compared with 25-50 per cent for other power plants operating in Western Australia. The recently completed cogeneration units are located within Alcoa’s Pinjarra Alumina refinery in the south-west of Western Australia. The combined output of the units is 280MW of power, and up to 840tph of steam.

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Power Delivery
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Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy

David Bones - Australia

David Bones

David is the Manager of the Power Strategy and Economics Service Group with over 25 years' experience in the electricity supply industry. David has extensive experience in the transmission and distribution system planning and regulation, the design and operation of the National Electricity Market and the Wholesale Electricity Market (in WA) and the processed and regulations governing connection of generation and load. David has held executive and management positions, successfully delivering nationally significant projects and leading capacity planning activities, across both transmission and distribution networks. David is able to leverage broad industry knowledge to provide strategic advice to clients, particularly in relation to power system planning, operations, economic evaluation and regulation.

Manager, Power Strategy and Economics
+61 7 3316 3979

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Andrew Saxelby - Queensland, Northern Territory and Australia

Andrew Saxelby

Andrew has in excess of 15 years' experience working in the power industry in a variety of roles and positions.

He has significant experience in the design and project management of electrical power generation, transmission, reticulation, distribution, controls and communication systems in substation, transmission, distribution, water and wastewater contexts.

Andrew is responsible for the identification and delivery of Energy Sector projects in North Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Andrew also has a trade as an Electrical Fitter/ Mechanic with the majority of his apprenticeship spent with Ergon Energy, QLD.

T: +61 7 4953 6318

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John O'Brien - Australia

John O'Brien

John is a Chartered Professional Engineer with extensive regulatory and commercial experience across the Australian National Electricity Market and internationally.

He provides the highest level of professional support and strategic advice to energy users, generators and infrastructure developers in the commercial, regulatory and technical aspects of connecting to the National Grid and other large- scale network investments.

John has more than 35 years’ experience in power stations, transmission and distribution systems and competitive energy markets with extensive experience advising utilities, major mining companies, generators and energy intensive process operators allows him to provide strategic input into both corporate and operational energy related areas.

In addition to his role in GHD, John has established a number of advisory and development businesses as well as leading large- scale network investment projects. He brings invaluable experience in the commercial negotiation associated with large capital investment in networks, generation and energy intensive industry.

Market Leader, Power Advisory
T: +61 7 4720 0400

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Steve Pusenjak - New South Wales

Steve Pusenjak

Steve is an electrical engineer with over 25 years’ experience in electrical/mechanical, instrumentation and control systems in heavy industry. His experience includes project and design management, procurement of equipment, installation and commissioning in brownfield and greenfield sites throughout Australia and internationally. Steve has managed and undertaken detailed design and commissioning of oil and gas fired boilers, HRSG’s, bagasse fuelled and fluidised bed boilers, auxiliary power plant, pumping systems, compressor systems, fume scrubbers, ash handling plants and other materials handling plant including conveyor systems, bulk storage and handling, water treatment, and pneumatic actuation and control. Detailed design includes motor control centres and VF drive systems, LV and MV switchgear, PLC, DCS and SCADA, switch rooms, cabling systems, lighting, power reticulation and instrumentation.

T: +61 2 9239 7439

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Paul Buch - Western Australia

Paul Buch

Paul Buch is the Manager of GHD’s Power team in Western Australia and GHD’s relationship manager with Horizon Power. Paul has over 30 years of experience in a variety of Electrical, Mining and Mineral processing roles including study leadership, project management, project control, audit, maintenance and production functions. Paul has held project, operations and maintenance leadership roles for Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution within large scale mineral processing facilities.

Manager, Power – Western Australia
+61 8 6222 8308

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