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GHD provides innovative, integrated services to clients seeking to develop and manage power generation projects and assets.

We cover technologies from conventional fossil fuel firing in thermal power plants (e.g. sub-critical and supercritical coal-fired plants, coal seam methane and natural gas fired gas turbines, combined cycle power plant and cogeneration) to emerging technologies such as integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) and polygeneration (combined power, heat and chemicals).

Our teams can engage with you at all levels and stages of project delivery – from concept design and feasibility studies through to all aspects of asset management.

Keen for green? We’ll work with you to develop outcomes in renewable energy: hydroelectric, tidal, wind, geothermal, solar and biomass.

Services

  • Conceptual design & feasibility studies
  • Power plant siting
  • Engineering design
  • Procurement services
  • Construction & project management
  • EPCM
  • Owner’s Engineer & Independent Engineer roles
  • Operations phase asset management
  • Power plant performance assessment & audit
  • Maintenance planning & remaining life assessments
  • Due diligence of power generating assets

Our power generation team works seamlessly with GHD’s full gamut of services: power delivery, renewable energy, environment, sustainability, oil & gas, gas processing and distribution, plant and process engineering, water supply and wastewater treatment and structures.

For further information, contact:

Robert Ceic
Service Line Leader, Power Generation - Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East
T: +61 8 6222 8413
E: Robert Ceic

Paul Murphy
Service Line Leader, Power Generation - North America
T: +1 571 325 5048
E: Paul Murphy 

50 MW Biliran Geothermal Power Plant, ORKA Energy

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GHD acted as Owner’s Engineer for the Biliran Geothermal Power Plant jointly owned by FEDCO and ORKA Energy. Our scope of works included the design of the access roads and pads, temporary basecamp, domestic water supply, electrical supply and vehicle equipment stockyard, and rehabilitation works for the airstrip and jetty. GHD also managed the geotechnical investigations for geohazard assessments, slope stability assessments, and LiDAR surveys. In addition, the team carried out environmental audits and sought tree cutting permits.

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54 MW Pililla Wind Farm, Alternergy Wind One Corporation

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Alternergy Wind One Corporation engaged GHD as Owner’s Engineer for the construction of its 54 MW wind farm in Pililla, Rizal, Philippines. GHD provided a project management team to oversee the construction of access roads, shallow and piled foundation, transmission line, and switchyard as well as the installation of 27 two-megawatt turbine units. The GHD team had the project installed and commissioned two weeks ahead of proposed schedule.

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81 MW Pagudpud Wind Farm, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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GHD provided a variety of services to support the on-time completion the 115 kV transmission Line, 115/34.5 kV substation and the 34.5 kV collection system for the 81 MW Pagudpud Wind Farm for North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation.

Our roles on the project included ranged from lender’s technical advisor to owner’s engineer.

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AMRC Wind Farm Project

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GHD Livigunn was employed by Bachy Soletanche to provide pile fatigue analysis for two wind turbines proposed for the new Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Knowledge Transfer Centre at the University of Sheffield.

The Powerwind 56 turbine is the first of its kind to be installed in the UK. It includes advanced design features and has a 56 mdiameter rotor head attached to a 71 m tower.

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Australian Solar Institute

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Australia is at the forefront of solar research and development and the Australian Solar Institute's role was to keep it there.

GHD provided the Australian Solar Institute (ASI) with communications support, providing a variety of communication materials and a long-term communications plan which GHD assisted ASI to initiate but which ASI could deliver into the future.

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Black Start Turbine Generator for Eraring Power Station

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A ‘Black Start’ is the complex process of restoring power supply without external power, following total failure of the power grid.

GHD used its international network to source and confirm a suitable generator to provide 'Black Start' capability to Eraring Power Station. From previous experience with second hand gas turbine projects, we were able to use our internal resources in Newcastle, Perth and the UK to select a suitably sized and priced gas turbine coupled with a new 'oversized' generator for the demanding starting loads. The gas turbine was refurbished in Dubai, and we provided on-site quality inspections of the new generator, which was sourced in the UK.

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Burgos Wind Project Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

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Energy Development Corp. (EDC) commissioned GHD to complete several assessments and plans for the expansion of its wind farm project in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, including: the environmental impact assessment and Environmental Performance Report and Management Plan. GHD’s engagement extended to the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the 150 MW Burgos wind project, the operating transmission line connecting it to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) substation in Laoag City, and the jetty.

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Coal to the Rescue in Chile

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Chile was 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.

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Cogeneration plants increase energy efficiency

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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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PG&E Nuclear Power Plant

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GHD engineered and managed the dismantling of California’s first commercial nuclear reactor, shut down in the 1970s, and orchestrated removal of hazardous materials from the site.

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Stoke Bardolph WwTW Biogas Plant

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The Stoke Bardolph project involved the construction of a 2-MW Energy Crop Digestion and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant on land adjacent to Stoke Bardolph Sewage Works in Nottingham. The purpose of the project was to provide power generation from bio solids which are used as an agro fertilizer to grow maize.

The plant comprises 10,000m2 of silage clamps, milling and fermentation followed by digestion with the biogas being used to power the CHP plant. Power generated is used to supply the adjoining Sewage Works, with any surplus being fed into the National Grid network. Stoke Bardolph is the first large-scale CHP plant in the UK to be powered from maize energy crops.

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Paul Wootton

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Paul has 25 years' experience in the development and delivery of heavy industrial projects, in both consulting and operating roles. He has more than 12 years' experience in management of renewable and distributed power projects (100kW to 50MW) using both conventional fuels and alternative fuels (such as landfill gas, coal seam methane, biomass, municipal solid waste, CNG, LNG, synthesis gas and solar-thermal). During this time he has also had key roles in projects involving gas processing and pyrolysis/gasification of household waste.

Paul also has experience in the pulp and paper, above ground mining and bulk materials handling industries.

Service Line Leader, Renewable Energy 
T: +61 7 3316 3000

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