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    directors

  • Roger Hudson (Managing Director)

    Roger Hudson
    (Managing Director)

  • John Bottomley (Director)

    John Bottomley
    (Director)

  • Grant Morris (Director)

    Grant Morris
    (Director)

  • Chris Taylor (Director)

    Chris Taylor
    (Director)

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    key team members

  • Claude Bannwarth (Principal Consultant)

    Claude Bannwarth
    (Principal Consultant)

  • Peter Tearne (Principal Engineer)

    Peter Tearne
    (Principal Engineer)

  • Brian Leonard (Principal Engineer)

    Brian Leonard
    (Principal Engineer)

  • Charles Zhang (Senior Engineer)

    Charles Zhang
    (Senior Engineer)

  • Nigel Matuschka (Senior Engineer)

    Nigel Matuschka
    (Senior Engineer)

  • Luc Poloni (Engineer)

    Luc Poloni
    (Engineer)

  • Lorenzo Petrucci (Electrical Engineer)

    Lorenzo Petrucci
    (Electrical Engineer)

  • Geoff Crockford (Senior OverHead Line Engineer)

    Geoff Crockford
    (Senior OverHead Line Engineer)

  • Karen Chapman (Project Co-ordinator)

    Karen Chapman
    (Project Co-ordinator)

  • directors

  • Roger Hudson (Managing Director)

    Roger Hudson (Managing Director)

    Roger has over 30 years’ experience in geothermal and thermal power generation. He has specialist knowledge of geothermal power plant and steamfield engineering and strong design and project management skills. During his career, he has worked in design, operations, maintenance, commissioning, advisory, and management roles and has a strong multidisciplinary knowledge of all phases of power project development and operation. Roger’s other areas of specialist knowledge include IPP and EPC contracting, engineering economics, steam process engineering and thermodynamics, control system design, computer simulation/modelling and generation planning.

    Roger started his career in Brisbane with the Queensland Electricity Generating Board working in coal fired power stations, followed by 13 years with Geothermal Energy New Zealand Ltd (GENZL) where he was involved in the engineering for many geothermal power plant and steamfield projects throughout the world, including 6 years based in Indonesia.

    Roger’s involvement in his geothermal speciality continued with PB Power following the acquisition of GENZL in 1998 and also broadened to cover the full range of thermal power plant, including biomass, cogeneration, GT/CCGT, and solar plants. Roger has been involved in the cycle selection and optimisation of a wide range of geothermal power plants, including recent Hot Dry Rock developments in Australia. Roger was an industry lecturer at the University of Auckland Geothermal Institute and has also authored chapters on Geothermal Electricity Generation for two international reference books.

    Roger obtained accreditation to the PB Principal Project Manager certification and was General Manager for PB Power’s Australia – NZ business from 2008 – 2010 before transferring to the role of Engineering Manager for the EPC Joint Venture for the 2 x 83MW Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station from 2011 - 2014.

    Roger was elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ in March 2014 for his contribution to the advancement of engineering practice in the area of design processes for optimisation and application of geothermal steamfield and power generation technology.

    Recent Key Projects

    • Carwarp Bioenergy Power Plant, Australia - Engineering manager for preparation of epc bid

      Carwarp Bioenergy Power Plant

      The project consisted of a 35.4 MW gross power plant utilising a boiler / steam turbine generator, following the rankine cycle, and fuelled with biomass from agricultural residues in the form of almond shells and hulls, and spent grape marc. Thorndon Cook staff were involved to provide design engineering services through FEED and feasibility stages, preparation of documents for statutory approval and design specifications and evaluation of bids for the construction company through the epc bid phase.
      carwarp-bioenergy-power-plant
    • Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station, New Zealand - Project Director

      Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station

      Our team was significantly involved as part of Parsons Brinckerhoff which formed a Joint Venture (JV) with McConnell Dowell Constructors Limited and SNC-Lavalin Constructors Inc for the delivery of the EPC (Engineer, Procure, Construct) contract for the 2 x 83 MW Te Mihi power station. Our primary role, within the fully integrated JV, was to deliver the engineering and design for the project with ongoing technical support to the procurement and construction activities. Thorndon Cook staff members also took a lead role during plant commissioning and performance testing. Members of our team were responsible for all the detailed power plant design, including conceptual design, plant optimisation, BOP detailed engineering, performance guarantees, preparation of sub vendor packages, design drawings and documentation, site construction engineering support and commissioning support.
      te-mihi-geothermal-power-station
    • Menengai 35 MW Geothermal, Kenya - EPC advisory services

      Menengai 35 MW Geothermal

      Thorndon Cook Power staff provided technical and commercial advice to TransCentury and Civicon regarding assessment of involvement in a potential EPC contract for a 35MW geothermal power station on the Menengai geothermal field, Kenya. Detailed review of OEM sub-vendor offer for the main power plant equipment. Assessment of BOP proposals and determination of overall project EPC cost estimate. Preparation of Board presentation for management on the findings.
      menengai-35-mw-geothermal
    • Karaha Bodas 30MW Geothermal Power Plant, Indonesia - EPC Bid Engineering

      Karaha Bodas 30MW Geothermal Power Plant

      Staff from Thorndon Cook Power were involved in bid engineering for including steamfield Front End Engineering Design, sizing and optimisation of equipment and pipelines, producing steamfield Heat and Mass Balances, PFDs and P&IDs, preliminary layout drawings, bills of materials and equipment specifications for project costings.
      karaha-30mw-geothermal-power-plant

    Roger can be reached by Email and by phone on +64 21 659 432

  • John Bottomley (Director)

    John Bottomley (Director)

    John has been a practicing engineer for almost 35 years and has extensive experience in project management and all aspects of geothermal development including geothermal resource assessment, engineering, and feasibility and due diligence assignments as well as owner’s engineer and lenders engineer roles. He has significant experience in site civil/structural engineering supervision and contract administration on civil and industrial projects throughout New Zealand. John’s wide experience also includes significant work associated with concept and prefeasibility studies for gas and cogeneration plants.

    In the field of geothermal engineering John has undertaken financial and economic, feasibility and due diligence studies for proposed and most of the existing major geothermal fields in New Zealand, as well as many in Indonesia, the Philippines, Caribbean, and North and South America. He worked for over two years in Indonesia on a large geothermal power project.

    John is experienced both in undertaking work and managing projects for resource and well assessment, concept and detailed engineering studies and design, project optimisation, environmental engineering and permitting, H2S abatement systems, cost estimating, financial and economic studies and project planning and scheduling.

    Recent Key Projects

    • Indonesian Geothermal Feasibility Study, Indonesia - Project Manager

      Indonesian Geothermal Feasibility Study

      Thorndon Cook were engaged by a Turkish Company to undertake an independent third party due diligence/review of the results of the scientific exploration work conducted over 5 geothermal prospect areas in Sumatra and East Java, Indonesia 
      indonesian-geothermal-feasibility-study
    • Due Diligence Investigation of the Tawau Geothermal Project, Malaysia - Technical reviser

      Due Diligence Investigation of the Tawau Geothermal Project

      Thorndon Cook Power staff were engaged by a potential investor to provide an objective and independent technical assessment of the Tawau geothermal power project. The Tawau geothermal power project is the first geothermal power plant project in Malaysia located at Apas Kiri, Tawau District in the east coast of the state of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo. Tawau Green Energy (TGE) has procured all approvals required to commence geothermal exploration and design, construction, operation and maintenance of a 36MWe (gross) power plant.
      due-diligence-investigation-of-the-tawau-geotherma
    • Taheke Geothermal Power Plant Concept Study, New Zealand - Geothermal Engineering

      Taheke Geothermal Power Plant Concept Study

      Members of Thorndon Cook Power were engaged by Contact Energy to undertake a conceptual design of a 40MW geothermal power plant. The work included an investigation and review of a number of technology options including single flash, dual flash, ORC, and BCC and a report with recommendations as to the preferred option. Process flows were derived; plant performance was simulated using in-house software and a preliminary environmental assessment based on plant inputs and discharges made. The work also included the concept design of the steam field, pipe routes, separator and power plant location options investigation.
      taheke-geothermal-power-plant-concept-study
    • Raja Basa 2 x 110 MW Geothermal Feasibility Study, Indonesia - Project Manager / Geothermal Engineering

      Raja Basa 2 x 110 MW Geothermal Feasibility Study

      Thorndon Cook Power team members were engaged to provide conceptual engineering and pre-feasibility study including assessment of capex, opex and economics for various development scenarios and technologies as part of the bidding process for the field development concession. Feasibility investigations were completed for a 220 MW development at this green field site including resource assessment, conceptual engineering of both steam field and power plant, preparation of PFDs and PID’s, optimisations, performance modelling, chemical issues investigations, capex and opex estimation and economic analysis.
      raja-basa-2-x-110-mw-geothermal-feasibility-study

    John can be reached by Email and by phone on +64 21 633 314

  • Grant Morris (Director)

    Grant Morris (Director)

    Grant has over thirty five years’ experience as a mechanical engineer, primarily in the power industry but also involving industrial gases, oil and gas transmission lines and water infrastructure. He is a thermal power plant specialist and provides consultancy services for Thorndon Cook. Grant’s roles are varied and include lead roles in the preparation of feasibility studies, conceptual and detail designs, bid assessments, project and design management, site engineer and due diligence studies, for projects within New Zealand and overseas.

    Grant’s involvement in geothermal power stretches back to his first experience as an assistant engineer at Wairakei power station in 1978. Since that time he has gained considerable experience in the design, specification and construction and commissioning supervision of geothermal power plant both as Owner’s Engineer and also as part of the EPC contractor’s design team.

    In addition to geothermal power, Grant has taken significant roles in the provision of engineering services relating to many other forms of power generation including hydro, biofuel, gas turbine and coal fired power plant.

    Grant has both the technical, commercial and management skills to have established a strong reputation as a project manager, whether leading a design team assessing geothermal power plant and steamfield modifications in the Philippines or leading an independent technical adviser team in support of an IPO of coal-fired generation assets in China. He has undertaken both home office and site based roles as senior project manager on projects that have often been challenging both because of the nature of the project and also because of the remote geographic locations.

    Recent Key Projects

    • N2N Geothermal Power Plant Relocation, Philippines - Mechanical Lead / Site Commissioning

      N2N Geothermal Power Plant Relocation

      Members of Thorndon Cook Power were engaged by First Gen/EDC as owner's engineer to provide all engineering support and project management for the dismantling, transportation and re-installation of a 50MW geothermal power plant on the Island of Negros. The work included preparing scope of works and EPC specifications, bid evaluation of proposal by Fuji, design review, site construction and installation management and supervision.
      n2n-geothermal-power-plant-relocation
    • Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station, New Zealand - Mechanical Lead

      Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station

      Our team was significantly involved as part of Parsons Brinckerhoff which formed a Joint Venture (JV) with McConnell Dowell Constructors Limited and SNC-Lavalin Constructors Inc for the delivery of the EPC (Engineer, Procure, Construct) contract for the 2 x 83 MW Te Mihi power station. Our primary role, within the fully integrated JV, was to deliver the engineering and design for the project with ongoing technical support to the procurement and construction activities. Thorndon Cook staff members also took a lead role during plant commissioning and performance testing. Members of our team were responsible for all the detailed power plant design, including conceptual design, plant optimisation, BOP detailed engineering, performance guarantees, preparation of sub vendor packages, design drawings and documentation, site construction engineering support and commissioning support.
      te-mihi-geothermal-power-station
    • Victorian Desalination Project, Australia - Transfer pump station design lead

      Victorian Desalination Project

      The Victorian Desalination Plant (VDP) was built as a state asset for the Victorian State Government to provide additional water supply capacity to Melbourne city and other parts of Victoria, especially in dry years. The plant is managed and operated by Aquasure under a 30 year contract. Aquasure had won the contract to build and operate the VDP in a competitive bidding process. At the end of the 30 year contract period, Aquasure will hand over the VDP to the State Government, debt free and in full working order. Aquasure produces desalinated water at the request of the State Government and delivers the water to Melbourne Water. The VDP is located at Wonthaggi, on the coast, south-east of Melbourne. The desalinated water is then pumped via an 84 km pipeline from the VDP to Melbourne city, for delivery to Melbourne Water via a transfer pumping station, located at the VDP plant and a booster pumping station located about 70 km from the VDP.
      victorian-desalination-project
    • Darajat III Geothermal Power Station, Indonesia - Design coordination, site commissioning manager

      Darajat III Geothermal Power Station

      The Darajat geothermal resource is located in West Java, approximately 40 km south-east of Bandung, the major provincial city of the region, and 150 km south-east of Jakarta. It is located near two other geothermal fields that Thorndon Cook Power staff have had close involvement with - the Kamojang geothermal field and the Wayang Windu geothermal field. Thorndon Cook staff were involved with Darajat III in providing the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) bid process and bid evaluation. Then during the implementation phase staff provided site engineering management and construction monitoring services.
      darajat-iii-geothermal

    Grant can be reached by Email and by phone on +64 21 411 278

  • Chris Taylor (Director)

    Chris Taylor (Director)

    Chris is a senior mechanical consulting engineer with extensive experience in consultancy, operations and construction encompassing geothermal, cogeneration, combined cycle and thermal power generation. He has broad multidiscipline knowledge of thermal power station technology and design, and of project viability and economic evaluation.

    Chris has specialist knowledge of power plant design, optimisation, process thermodynamics and mechanical plant dynamics, computer simulation and modelling. He was intensively involved in the analysis, design and implementation of the Te Mihi, Bacman, and Mat-Ridge geothermal projects.

    Chris was PB’s NZ generation executive from 2006 to 2012 and then appointed to technical executive – geothermal in 2012. He has been project manager for greenfield geothermal power plant development and contract preparation, geothermal plant rehabilitation and commissioning, cogeneration feasibility studies and steam turbine re-rating projects, and design manager for multi discipline steamfield projects.

    He has extensive experience in New Zealand, Indonesia (Salak, Dieng, Lahendong, Ijen), and the Philippines.

    Recent Key Projects

    • Ngatamariki Mix Plant Design, New Zealand - Project Manager

      Ngatamariki Mix Plant Design

      The geothermal production wells at Mighty River Power’s (MRP) Ngatamariki (NTM) steam field are susceptible to calcite scaling within the well casing, which causes a loss of production. Thorndon Cook was engaged by MRP to undertake the detailed design of a continuous inline mixing plant for calcite inhibition antiscalant to supply well-pad based delivery systems injecting diluted antiscalant into the wells below the flash point. Thorndon Cook delivered the complete detailed design consisting of a set of drawings, construction specifications, tables, schedules and data sheets that comprised the technical documents for MRP’s request for supply and installation tenders.
      ngatamariki-mix-plant-design
    • N2N Geothermal Power Plant Relocation, Philippines - Project Manager / Process Lead / Site Commissioning

      N2N Geothermal Power Plant Relocation

      Members of Thorndon Cook Power were engaged by First Gen/EDC as owner's engineer to provide all engineering support and project management for the dismantling, transportation and re-installation of a 50MW geothermal power plant on the Island of Negros. The work included preparing scope of works and EPC specifications, bid evaluation of proposal by Fuji, design review, site construction and installation management and supervision.
      n2n-geothermal-power-plant-relocation
    • Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station, New Zealand - Process Lead

      Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station

      Our team was significantly involved as part of Parsons Brinckerhoff which formed a Joint Venture (JV) with McConnell Dowell Constructors Limited and SNC-Lavalin Constructors Inc for the delivery of the EPC (Engineer, Procure, Construct) contract for the 2 x 83 MW Te Mihi power station. Our primary role, within the fully integrated JV, was to deliver the engineering and design for the project with ongoing technical support to the procurement and construction activities. Thorndon Cook staff members also took a lead role during plant commissioning and performance testing. Members of our team were responsible for all the detailed power plant design, including conceptual design, plant optimisation, BOP detailed engineering, performance guarantees, preparation of sub vendor packages, design drawings and documentation, site construction engineering support and commissioning support.
      te-mihi-geothermal-power-station
    • Bacman Rehabilitation, Philippines - Process Engineer / Site Commissioning

      Bacman Rehabilitation

      First Gen Corporation/EDC engaged Thorndon Cook Power staff to provide the engineering and project management for the full rehabilitation of the power plants. The work included preparing scope of works and specifications, bid evaluation of sub-vendor proposals, site construction management and supervision.
      bacman-rehabilitation

    Chris can be reached by Email and by phone on +64 21 337 462

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  • Claude Bannwarth (Principal Consultant)

    Claude Bannwarth (Principal Consultant)

    Claude is a principal consultant with more than 30 years experience in the Energy Sector. He has a technical (MSc Electro-mechanical) and commercial (MBA & Marketing) education and multi-lingual skills (French native, English, German, Spanish, Dutch).

    Claude's original experience was in the CCGT arena where he progressively held project management and commercial positions with ALSTOM, GE, and SULZER (Projects in the range 50 to 300 MW, most turnkey, mainly in Europe, Asia (Thailand, China) and the Middle East).

    He moved to the Geothermal Industry in 2001 and first held a Project Management and Business Development role with CFG/BRGM in France (Project Development and feasibility studies for the 40 MW Bouillante 3 project and the Dominica project, i.e. 15 + 100 MW in 2 phases).

    Claude then joined PB Power in New Zealand in 2007 and since that time has been involved in Due Diligence and Lender Engineer roles and market and resource reviews/feasibility studies for new developments.

    In more recent times Claude has expanded his skills into a strategic consulting role with focus on geothermal resource and market potential reviews in New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Africa and UK and due diligence on existing assets in Indonesia and USA.

    Recent Key Projects

    • Doniambo Coal Plant LE, New Caledonia - Project Manager

      Doniambo Coal Plant LE

      The end client is SLN (nickel company of New Caledonia). Parsons Brinckerhoff is the lead consultant, in charge of Environmental and Technical reviews. Phase 1 of TCP assignment includes an initial site visit and the technical review of project contracts (EPC contract, PPA, all permits licences etc). Phase 2 will cover the construction and commissioning of the 180 MW plant and Phase 3 the Operation and maintenance during Defect Liability Period.
      doniambo-coal-plant-le
    • Tiwi and Makban Geothermal Plants DD , Philippines - Project Manager

      Tiwi and Makban Geothermal Plants DD

      TCP was engaged as technical advisor by Mott McDonald Thailand to perform a full due diligence of all existing assets at Tiwi (330 MW) and Makban (450 MW) fields, owned and operated by Aboitiz. The end client was a pool of Bankers and the due diligence aimed at assessing risks and possible mitigations to ensure the long term reliable operation of both plants.
      tiwi-and-makban-geothermal-plants-dd
    • Wayang Windu Assets Valuation, Indonesia - Project Manager

      Wayang Windu Assets Valuation

      TCP was engaged as technical advisor by EGCO Thailand to perform an independent asset valuation of the two 110 MW units commissioned in 2000 and 2009. The assignment consisted in a high level approach to evaluate the likely replacement cost of the two units at the time of the acquisition by EGCO of asset shares from Star Energy in July 2014.
      wayang-windu-assets-valuation
    • Tawau Geothermal Development DD , Malaysia - Project Manager

      Tawau Geothermal Development DD

      TCP was engaged as technical advisor by Mott McDonald Thailand to perform a due diligence of Tawau 36 MW binary development, looking in particular at regulatory, environmental and contractual issues that may generate risks in the forthcoming implementation phase of the project.
      tawau-geothermal-development-dd
  • Peter Tearne (Principal Engineer)

    Peter Tearne (Principal Engineer)

    Peter is an experienced engineer with a proven track record of design, commissioning and technical support within the energy industry. His experience spans all the wider aspects of power plant specification and operation and also as a rotating machinery engineer Peter has specialist experience relating to gas turbines, steam turbines, and reciprocating engines (diesel and gas engines).

    Peter also has experience working as a Control and Instrumentation engineer in design, commissioning and troubleshooting roles. These additional skills and experience enable him to provide engineering services where the scope requires broader multi-disciplinary responsibility.

    Prior to joining Thorndon Cook, Peter had 13 years experience as a Principal Engineer with Parsons Brinckerhoff during which time he was involved in all phases of power station design and development (feasibility studies, specification, detailed design, due diligence). Power plant projects included gas turbines, reciprocating engines and steam turbines as the prime mover. He has particular experience in the application of rotating equipment in association with non standard fuels.

    Previous to his employment at Parsons Brinckerhoff, Peter had 20 years experience working for Alstom gas turbines during which time he worked in the design support department and had responsibilities which covered development, commissioning and product support. His final position as technical support manager gave him detailed first hand experience into the range of design, operational problems and failure mechanisms encountered when operating rotating machinery in both industrial and oil and gas environments.

    In addition to the above, Peter has worked on site in a number of different roles including fault investigation, commissioning engineer, commissioning manager and Owners engineer, and also has considerable experience in functional and performance testing both steam and gas turbine based plant.

    Recent Key Projects

    • Changi Airport Generation, Singapore -

      Changi Airport Generation

      Feasibility study for the development of an embedded power generation and chilled water facility at Changi airport. The demand for power and cooling is expected to grow significantly as the airport expands and opens a fifth terminal.  The overall aim was for the airport to have the in-house capability of generating all the power and all of the chilled cooling water needed within the airport complex. The preference was to locate the power plant within the airport site and this introduced the need to include an assessment of the legal and practical constraints of constructing and operating a power plant of significant capacity within the boundary of an active airfield. The Technology study covered several options and from a technical perspective the best solution was a medium sized combined cycle power plant augmented by several smaller power plants using reciprocating gas engines.  The power plant configuration was optimised to enable chilled water production using a combination of heat absorption and electric chillers.
      changi-airport-generation
    • Carwarp Bioenergy Power Plant, Australia - Process design and tender specification for epc bid

      Carwarp Bioenergy Power Plant

      The project consisted of a 35.4 MW gross power plant utilising a boiler / steam turbine generator, following the rankine cycle, and fuelled with biomass from agricultural residues in the form of almond shells and hulls, and spent grape marc. Thorndon Cook staff were involved to provide design engineering services through FEED and feasibility stages, preparation of documents for statutory approval and design specifications and evaluation of bids for the construction company through the epc bid phase.
      carwarp-bioenergy-power-plant
    • Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station, New Zealand - C&I Lead

      Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station

      Our team was significantly involved as part of Parsons Brinckerhoff which formed a Joint Venture (JV) with McConnell Dowell Constructors Limited and SNC-Lavalin Constructors Inc for the delivery of the EPC (Engineer, Procure, Construct) contract for the 2 x 83 MW Te Mihi power station. Our primary role, within the fully integrated JV, was to deliver the engineering and design for the project with ongoing technical support to the procurement and construction activities. Thorndon Cook staff members also took a lead role during plant commissioning and performance testing. Members of our team were responsible for all the detailed power plant design, including conceptual design, plant optimisation, BOP detailed engineering, performance guarantees, preparation of sub vendor packages, design drawings and documentation, site construction engineering support and commissioning support.
      te-mihi-geothermal-power-station
    • PLP CCGT Power Plant, New Zealand - Performance Test Engineer

      PLP CCGT Power Plant

      PacificLight Power Pte Ltd (PLP) have recently constructed an 800 MW combined cycle power plant located on Jurong Island in Singapore. The plant consists of 2 x 400 MW units with each comprising an SGT5-4000F gas turbine and an SST5-5000 steam turbine. This plant is the first in Singapore to be designed to run on any combination of liquefied natural gas, normal pipeline natural gas and liquid fuel. PB was Owners Engineer for this project and represented the Owner through all stages of development from inception to completion. Thorndon Cook staff were part of the Owners Engineer site team and had specific responsibility for ensuring the acceptance testing of both units was carried out in accordance with the agreed procedures for plant performance, environmental emissions and noise.
      plp-ccgt-power-plant
  • Brian Leonard (Principal Engineer)

    Brian Leonard (Principal Engineer)

    Brian is a senior electrical engineer with 40 years’ experience in the power industry with involvement in the design, procurement, site construction and commissioning phases of thermal power plant, (oil, gas & coal fired), geothermal and hydro power plants. He has strong project management and contract management skills and has undertaken many site based roles.

    After graduating from Auckland University Engineering School with a BE (Electrical) Brian worked for the NZ state electricity company (ECNZ) on geothermal, oil fired, hydro and coal fired power station projects. Brian then worked for a period as engineering manager of a company responsible for O&M on New Zealand grid sub-transmission assets followed by work for ECNZ related to the automation and remote control of the North Island hydro power stations.

    In 1994 Brian joined SMEC and worked on the Pergau hydro electric plant in Malaysia and the concept design of the Ta Sang low head and high head hydro projects in Myanmar.

    He was then assigned to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the Electricity Network Rehabilitation Programme (ENRP) in Northern Iraq as part of the team responsible for the refurbishment of 2 hydropower stations and the re-construction of the local electricity network following 8 years of Iran-Iraq war damage.

    Brian joined PB in 2003 and worked on the refurbishment of the Cahora Bassa hydro power station in Mozambique. He then worked on the Nam Theun 2 hydropower project in Lao PDR. He re-joined PB in 2010 and worked on the Victorian Desalination plant project in Australia. Recent projects with PB have been as lead electrical engineer on the Te Mihi project in New Zealand, and on the Nasulo geothermal and the Burgos Wind farm substation projects in the Philippines.

    Brian has undertaken a varied range of engineering assignments both in NZ and overseas and participated in investigations covering power generation, transmission and industrial facilities and has experience in the electrical aspects, grid connection PPA’s and power system studies. He has recent experience on a geothermal power station technical due diligence in Indonesia.

    Recent Key Projects

    • N2N Geothermal Power Plant Relocation, Philippines - Electrical Lead / Site Commissioning

      N2N Geothermal Power Plant Relocation

      Members of Thorndon Cook Power were engaged by First Gen/EDC as owner's engineer to provide all engineering support and project management for the dismantling, transportation and re-installation of a 50MW geothermal power plant on the Island of Negros. The work included preparing scope of works and EPC specifications, bid evaluation of proposal by Fuji, design review, site construction and installation management and supervision.
      n2n-geothermal-power-plant-relocation
    • Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station, New Zealand - Electrical Lead

      Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station

      Our team was significantly involved as part of Parsons Brinckerhoff which formed a Joint Venture (JV) with McConnell Dowell Constructors Limited and SNC-Lavalin Constructors Inc for the delivery of the EPC (Engineer, Procure, Construct) contract for the 2 x 83 MW Te Mihi power station. Our primary role, within the fully integrated JV, was to deliver the engineering and design for the project with ongoing technical support to the procurement and construction activities. Thorndon Cook staff members also took a lead role during plant commissioning and performance testing. Members of our team were responsible for all the detailed power plant design, including conceptual design, plant optimisation, BOP detailed engineering, performance guarantees, preparation of sub vendor packages, design drawings and documentation, site construction engineering support and commissioning support.
      te-mihi-geothermal-power-station
    • Burgos Wind Farm, Philippines - Senior Electrical Engineer

      Burgos Wind Farm

      A Thorndon Cook member was engaged by the Burgos Wind Farm Wind Power Corporation (“EBWPC”) on the electrical design review for the 115 /34.5 kV substation for the 150 MW wind energy project, that was built at Burgos, Ilocos Norte, Luzon, Philippines. The wind farm comprises 50 off 3 MW Vestas wind turbines located on a 650 ha coastal site. The 50 wind turbines are connected on a 34.5 kV radial system with 5 feeders connecting the turbines to the Burgos 115/34.5 kV substation at the wind farm site. A 42 kilometer single circuit 115kV transmission line connects to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (“NGCP”) Laoag substation for connection to the rest of the Luzon grid.
      burgos-wind-farm
    • Victorian Desalination Project, Australia - Electrical Engineering transfer and booster pumping stations

      Victorian Desalination Project

      The Victorian Desalination Plant (VDP) was built as a state asset for the Victorian State Government to provide additional water supply capacity to Melbourne city and other parts of Victoria, especially in dry years. The plant is managed and operated by Aquasure under a 30 year contract. Aquasure had won the contract to build and operate the VDP in a competitive bidding process. At the end of the 30 year contract period, Aquasure will hand over the VDP to the State Government, debt free and in full working order. Aquasure produces desalinated water at the request of the State Government and delivers the water to Melbourne Water. The VDP is located at Wonthaggi, on the coast, south-east of Melbourne. The desalinated water is then pumped via an 84 km pipeline from the VDP to Melbourne city, for delivery to Melbourne Water via a transfer pumping station, located at the VDP plant and a booster pumping station located about 70 km from the VDP.
      victorian-desalination-project
  • Charles Zhang (Senior Engineer)

    Charles Zhang (Senior Engineer)

    Charles is a mechanical engineer with extensive experience in thermal power generation in NZ and China. He is bilingual, speaking both Mandarin Chinese and English. He specializes in geothermal steam field, power plant, steam turbines, condensing and feed water heating plant, and NCG extraction system etc. Charles has gained hands-on experience in project management, thermal systems, steam turbines and piping. This includes the study of thermal systems and turbine thermal fluid characteristics and mechanics to improve their efficiency and reliability, process engineering and piping system engineering, and computer simulation and cycle optimization. He is also experienced in the provision of trouble-shooting, fault investigation and technical support services for thermal power plants.

    Charles started his career with his ME degree in 1987 as a mechanical engineer with TPRI in China, during which time he gained experience of thermal systems and steam turbines of power plants. Charles also has advanced software programming skills gained from 5 years’ experience as a computer programmer which gives him the ability to perform complex process modelling, computer simulation and cycle optimization work.

    Since he joined Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2008, Charles has broadened his speciality to include geothermal power generation and he has been involved in due diligence, feasibility study, FEED, steamfield design and power plant design, piping design and support design and process engineering.

    Charles is familiar with engineering software packages such as: AutoPipe, NozzlePRO, Steam Pro & Steam Master, GT Pro & GT Master etc.

    Recent Key Projects

    • Rainbow Power Project, New Zealand - Project Manager / Geothermal Engineer

      Rainbow Power Project

      Rainbow Holdings (RH) has purchased the geothermal site nearby Poihipi power station and the Wairakei geothermal field in Taupo, New Zealand. One 2,031-metre well was completed in 2006 and some other production infrastructure is in place. RH is aiming to have a 60 MW geothermal plant operating in 2016. The development proposal would involve the drilling of a number of further production wells and reinjection wells. The members of Thorndon Cook Power were engaged as the developer’s engineer to assist RH by providing well test management and supervision, assessment of the well test results, and recommendations based on this assessment and the well history. Thorndon Cook Power staff were also requested to provide review of the previous works undertaken by Glucina & Associates, and finally provide the recommendations of this project development.
      rainbow-power-project
    • Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station, New Zealand - Senior Mechanical Engineer

      Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station

      Our team was significantly involved as part of Parsons Brinckerhoff which formed a Joint Venture (JV) with McConnell Dowell Constructors Limited and SNC-Lavalin Constructors Inc for the delivery of the EPC (Engineer, Procure, Construct) contract for the 2 x 83 MW Te Mihi power station. Our primary role, within the fully integrated JV, was to deliver the engineering and design for the project with ongoing technical support to the procurement and construction activities. Thorndon Cook staff members also took a lead role during plant commissioning and performance testing. Members of our team were responsible for all the detailed power plant design, including conceptual design, plant optimisation, BOP detailed engineering, performance guarantees, preparation of sub vendor packages, design drawings and documentation, site construction engineering support and commissioning support.
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    • KEPCO Cebu Unit 2 I/LP Steam Turbine, Root Investigation of Rotor Bow, Philippines - Process and Mechanical Engineer

      KEPCO Cebu Unit 2 I/LP Steam Turbine, Root Investigation of Rotor Bow

      The Cebu Power Plant is a 2 x 103 MW nominal coal fired electricity generating station. The turbine manufacturer is Fuji Electric. The turbine was manufactured in Kawasaki, Japan. The turbine design is based on a design originally licensed from Siemens. Thorndon Cook Power staff was engaged by Crawford & Co (Manila) to carry out a root cause analysis of the turbine rotor bow failure.
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    • Patuha Front End Engineering Design (FEED), Indonesia - Geothermal Engineering

      Patuha Front End Engineering Design (FEED)

      From well output and meteorological data Thorndon Cook Power staff were involved with the development of a model to optimise the sizing of critical steamfield and power plant components using its proprietary in-house geothermal plant optimisation and performance software. The outputs from the model were then used to refine plant layouts and provide basic specifications for those components. On completion of the FEED, EPC technical specifications were prepared for both the steam field and power plant. By such optimisation, we were able to add at least a further 2MW generation from more efficient use of the resource.
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  • Nigel Matuschka (Senior Engineer)

    Nigel Matuschka (Senior Engineer)

    Nigel is a senior mechanical engineer with 15 years’ industrial engineering experience. His geothermal experience includes his role as Senior Mechanical Engineer for the joint venture EPC 2 x 83 MW Te Mihi Geothermal Project where he was intensively involved in the process design, mechanical detailed design, equipment procurement, bid evaluation and award, and on-site construction support. Previous geothermal experience includes preparing feasibility studies, FEED, geothermal process design, and tender document preparation for the Wairakei-Te Mihi Steamfield.

    As well as his BEng degree, Nigel also has a BCom, enhancing his ability to assist with economic analysis, feasibility and pre-financial close studies, including assessment of client requirements, investigation and preparation of best solution options and cost-benefit analysis.

    He has worked recently on geothermal projects in New Zealand, the Philippines and Indonesia, including process and mechanical design and specification for plant O&M enhancements, concept design and technical solutions for well head generation units and new brownfield developments, the relocation of an existing 50 MW plant to a new site in the Philippines, and on-site for the commissioning phase of the Nasulo geothermal power plant for EDC.

    Recent Key Projects

    • Ngatamariki Mix Plant Design, New Zealand - Process / Mechanical Engineer

      Ngatamariki Mix Plant Design

      The geothermal production wells at Mighty River Power’s (MRP) Ngatamariki (NTM) steam field are susceptible to calcite scaling within the well casing, which causes a loss of production. Thorndon Cook was engaged by MRP to undertake the detailed design of a continuous inline mixing plant for calcite inhibition antiscalant to supply well-pad based delivery systems injecting diluted antiscalant into the wells below the flash point. Thorndon Cook delivered the complete detailed design consisting of a set of drawings, construction specifications, tables, schedules and data sheets that comprised the technical documents for MRP’s request for supply and installation tenders.
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    • N2N Geothermal Power Plant Relocation, Philippines - Mechanical Site Commissioning

      N2N Geothermal Power Plant Relocation

      Members of Thorndon Cook Power were engaged by First Gen/EDC as owner's engineer to provide all engineering support and project management for the dismantling, transportation and re-installation of a 50MW geothermal power plant on the Island of Negros. The work included preparing scope of works and EPC specifications, bid evaluation of proposal by Fuji, design review, site construction and installation management and supervision.
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    • Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station, New Zealand - Senior Mechanical Engineer

      Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station

      Our team was significantly involved as part of Parsons Brinckerhoff which formed a Joint Venture (JV) with McConnell Dowell Constructors Limited and SNC-Lavalin Constructors Inc for the delivery of the EPC (Engineer, Procure, Construct) contract for the 2 x 83 MW Te Mihi power station. Our primary role, within the fully integrated JV, was to deliver the engineering and design for the project with ongoing technical support to the procurement and construction activities. Thorndon Cook staff members also took a lead role during plant commissioning and performance testing. Members of our team were responsible for all the detailed power plant design, including conceptual design, plant optimisation, BOP detailed engineering, performance guarantees, preparation of sub vendor packages, design drawings and documentation, site construction engineering support and commissioning support.
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    • Rotokawa Steam Purity Improvement, New Zealand - Mechanical Engineer

      Rotokawa Steam Purity Improvement

      Detailed engineering study, detailed design, and preparation of technical specifications for a new steam scrubbing system for a hybrid topping steam turbine, bottoming binary cycle geothermal power plant. The solutions addressed both liquid carry-over and vapour phase impurities with a mixture of condensation scrubbing, steam washing and moisture scrubbing.
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  • Luc Poloni (Engineer)

    Luc Poloni (Engineer)

    Luc is a professional engineer with 7 years’ experience primarily in the power industry. He has a MEng with a specialisation in heat and mass transfers from Ecole polytechnique universitaire de Marseille (France) and has experience in process and mechanical engineering. Through his involvement in various geothermal projects, he gained familiarity with the process and performance of geothermal power plant systems. Luc has also worked on several studies requiring Thermoflow software modelling of thermal power plants, and has experience in costing and piping design for conventional and geothermal steam generation.

    Luc’s roles are varied and include preparation of feasibility studies, conceptual and detail designs, bid assessments, site engineer and due diligence studies, for projects within New Zealand and overseas. He has experience in the design, specification and construction and commissioning supervision of geothermal power plant both as Owner’s Engineer and also as part of the EPC contractor’s design team.

    His recent geothermal experience includes detailed design, equipment procurement, bid evaluation and award, and 9 months on-site construction support for the joint venture EPC 2 x 83 Te Mihi Geothermal Project. Luc also has experience in the South East Asia region having recently spent 3 months in the Philippines commissioning the Nasulo geothermal power plant for EDC.

    Luc is able to undertake work in French (native proficiency) and in English (full professional proficiency).

    Recent Key Projects

    • Ngatamariki Mix Plant Design, New Zealand - Mechanical / C&I Engineer

      Ngatamariki Mix Plant Design

      The geothermal production wells at Mighty River Power’s (MRP) Ngatamariki (NTM) steam field are susceptible to calcite scaling within the well casing, which causes a loss of production. Thorndon Cook was engaged by MRP to undertake the detailed design of a continuous inline mixing plant for calcite inhibition antiscalant to supply well-pad based delivery systems injecting diluted antiscalant into the wells below the flash point. Thorndon Cook delivered the complete detailed design consisting of a set of drawings, construction specifications, tables, schedules and data sheets that comprised the technical documents for MRP’s request for supply and installation tenders.
      ngatamariki-mix-plant-design
    • N2N Geothermal Power Plant Relocation, Philippines - Mechanical Site Commissioning Engineer

      N2N Geothermal Power Plant Relocation

      Members of Thorndon Cook Power were engaged by First Gen/EDC as owner's engineer to provide all engineering support and project management for the dismantling, transportation and re-installation of a 50MW geothermal power plant on the Island of Negros. The work included preparing scope of works and EPC specifications, bid evaluation of proposal by Fuji, design review, site construction and installation management and supervision.
      n2n-geothermal-power-plant-relocation
    • Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station, New Zealand - Mechanical / C&I Engineer

      Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station

      Our team was significantly involved as part of Parsons Brinckerhoff which formed a Joint Venture (JV) with McConnell Dowell Constructors Limited and SNC-Lavalin Constructors Inc for the delivery of the EPC (Engineer, Procure, Construct) contract for the 2 x 83 MW Te Mihi power station. Our primary role, within the fully integrated JV, was to deliver the engineering and design for the project with ongoing technical support to the procurement and construction activities. Thorndon Cook staff members also took a lead role during plant commissioning and performance testing. Members of our team were responsible for all the detailed power plant design, including conceptual design, plant optimisation, BOP detailed engineering, performance guarantees, preparation of sub vendor packages, design drawings and documentation, site construction engineering support and commissioning support.
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    • Karaha Bodas 30MW Geothermal Power Plant, Indonesia - Mechanical Engineer

      Karaha Bodas 30MW Geothermal Power Plant

      Staff from Thorndon Cook Power were involved in bid engineering for including steamfield Front End Engineering Design, sizing and optimisation of equipment and pipelines, producing steamfield Heat and Mass Balances, PFDs and P&IDs, preliminary layout drawings, bills of materials and equipment specifications for project costings.
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  • Lorenzo Petrucci (Electrical Engineer)

    Lorenzo Petrucci (Electrical Engineer)

    Lorenzo has a PhD in electrical engineering and several years of experience in developing research projects for companies and academic institutions. He specialises in renewable energy and co/trigeneration and his main field of investigation is hybrid renewable energy systems for the generation and storage of thermal, electric and cooling energy.

    He has conducted technical and economic assessments of conventional and renewable energy technologies with built in (matlab) simulation models and dedicated software such as SAM, Homer, Modelica, Windsim, PVSize and PowerCad.

    Lorenzo has attended and presented papers at international conferences, and lectured on renewable energy and supervised students at “La Sapienza” University of Rome. As a research engineer, working on developing innovative solutions in power plants, he has been involved in budget preparation, liaising with manufacturing companies and completed technical reports based on detailed equipment modelling and simulation.

    Lorenzo is fluent in Italian (native language), English, and French and has a basic level of Portuguese.

  • Geoff Crockford (Senior OverHead Line Engineer)

    Geoff Crockford (Senior OverHead Line Engineer)

    Geoff has 34 years’ experience covering a range of electrical and mechanical engineering work. 
    He has carried out rail overhead line engineering, computer aided design, engineering management, product design/build, IT management and project management. Geoff has worked in a number of areas including rail, power transformers, 11 kV switchgear, product design and manufacturing.

     

     

  • Karen Chapman (Project Co-ordinator)

    Karen Chapman (Project Co-ordinator)

    Karen is an experienced Project Administrator/Co-ordinator. As Project Administrator, she has supported Project Managers and other Project Administrators with their projects and especially with their financial reporting. She has managed project office set-ups, office relocations and fit-out, and co-ordinated rail asset and infrastructure projects.

     

     

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