• Aging assets in Denham make way for exciting power options


    The small county town of Denham, Western Australia, about 100kms from Carnarvon, looks to become a model host to a new energy solution.

    Denham is home to about 700 Australians. For the past twenty years, Denham’s electricity has been sourced from a combination of  diesel and wind-generated power. Horizon own and operate the diesel facility, with the wind farm owned by Synergy. Both the current assets are aging, ready for disposal.

  • And the towers crashed down

    Crashed Down

    The eight towers at the defunct Hazelwood Power Station in Morwell, Victoria, came tumbling down on Monday in a controlled demolition that highlights the end of an era.

    The 137 metre1 chimney assets operated for more than fifty years before the brown coal-fired power station was shut down in 2017. During its years of operation, the generating units collectively produced 1600MW of electricity and the power station provided more than twenty-five percent of power to Victorians2.

  • Asset Management in a Changing Energy Sector

    Changing Energy

    The energy sector is undergoing rapid change. For those working in the sector, keeping up to date with knowledge in order to help the business build value from effective asset management.

    With renewable energy options becoming more the norm, and the brown coal-fired plants of old being disused and repurposed, it is timely to re-establish standards and protocols in systems, operation, and management. Bring in new frameworks to ensure system security and efficient capacity, and coordinate new forecasting to anticipate restraints in service and enhanced intelligence surrounding decision-making tools.

  • Australian Nuclear Energy Inquiry

    Nuclear Blog Pic

    The nuclear disasters in Chernobyl and Fukushima are fresh in the minds of many Australians. Geographically distant, yet the images that splashed across our television screens caused a groundswell of close, collective horror. Even now, some thirty years since Chernobyl, and Fukushima, almost a decade, public fear over nuclear power plants and reactors remain high.

    The Commonwealth of Australia currently bans nuclear energy and has done since 19981. Recently, however, submissions were invited for an inquiry into the consideration of future nuclear energy generations in Australia.

    What does the inquiry mean for asset management in the energy sector?

  • Big Batteries


    Renewable energy seems to be an answer to the current climate crisis. The coal-fired plants are aging and many believe they are responsible for excessive greenhouse gas emissions. However, what happens when the wind isn’t tickling the leaves on trees, or the sun isn’t shining in the sky? Reliance on intermittent energy sources is problematic, as power cannot be generated during those times of darkness or stillness.

  • Big Battery Assets

    Big Battery

    The energy sector is undergoing incredible changes. Over the past few years, there has been a shift to move away from coal-fired energy generation, in light of the growing concern with greenhouse gas emissions and its effect on the climate. With the closure of coal-fired energy plants, and new renewable energy sources popping up around the landscape, energy companies are finding a need to repurpose aging assets.

  • Canberra on Managing Change in the Electric Energy Industry

    Canberra 26 May 19The cold and blustery Canberra evening didn’t prevent the rollup of dedicated engineers and professionals to listen to EESA National president, Jeff Allen and AMCouncil Canberra Chapter Chair, Mike Schulzer talk about Managing Change in the Electric Energy Industry.

  • Climate Emergency and Asset Management

    ClimateThere is a lot in the news at the moment regarding climate change and the state of emergency the world is in. The effects of greenhouse gases (GHG) already emitted are considered wholly irreversible, and unless there is a targeted, collective approach to lowering carbon emissions, the world is doomed. Exactly how the world is doomed is unclear: no scientist or futurist is able to give a definitive forecast of how the earth will look if the advice to lower carbon emissions remains unheeded.

    But to do nothing is to risk everything.

  • Disruption in asset management within the energy sector

    Disruption in AM

    Tuesday 12th May saw the Brisbane Chapter host an internationally attended webinar of over 300 delegates on disruption in asset management. This informative session was provided by Denise Brown from Powerlink.

  • Efficiency in the Utilities Sector

    efficientenergyAt AMSPEAK, delegates were intrigued by the presentation by Michael Lesnie, Senior Associate from Qubist1, outlining the juxtaposition of small asset renewal projects in the utilities sector, and the capital expenditure of the business.

  • Energy sector announces plan for COVID-19

    ESIt has been said many times before that we are living in extremely challenging times. The terrain of enforced shut down caused by the coronavirus pandemic across towns and cities globally is unchartered. Nobody knows precisely what is best. Decisions made represent a fine balancing act between the health of people and the economic stability of the country. These are not mutually exclusive; most readers will be aware that economic stability in any country vastly improves the health of that country’s inhabitants.

  • How Ausgrid Manages Sydney’s Electricity

    With over 200 electricity substations, 500,000 power poles, 30,000 distribution substations and almost 50,000km of below and above ground electricity cables, the Ausgrid electricity network provides power to over 1.6 million homes and businesses throughout the greater Sydney area...

  • Implementing an Asset Management Culture in the Utilities Sector

    Symp Sneak Peek 1

    Join us on Friday, 4th October for our Implementing Asset Management in Government Symposium. Read on for a sneak peek of just one of the topics that we will be exploring during the day.

  • Infrastructure Audit Casts Gaze to Future Needs

    InfrastructureThe 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit was announced on Tuesday 13th August by Infrastructure Australia, the nation’s independent infrastructure advisor. The audit promises a forward-view of Australia’s challenges to protecting and advancing our infrastructure.

  • Making the Finkel Electricity Plan Work

    Canberra 24 May 3Canberra’s Engineering House hosted a packed audience on Thursday evening 24th May, where the Canberra Chapter of the AMC held a joint presentation with the Electric Energy Society of Australia to discuss the future of Australia’s Electricity Supply as laid out in the Finkel Plan.

  • Permits granted for Victorian Gas Exploration

    Vic Gas

    Off-shore gas exploration in Victoria’s south west coast is going ahead, with two energy companies, Beach Energy and Bridgeport Energy being awarded permits to search for new gas.

  • Power Works signals Queensland’s COVID Recovery Phase

    powerlinkThe recommencement of critical infrastructure in Queensland sends a powerful signal to the state’s residents of its recovery phase, following on from COVID-19. Powerlink’s decision to recommence the $67 million works across three key projects will support the creation of around 150 jobs1

  • Process Hazard Analysis

    Ivica Ninic last week presented an introduction to Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) and how it relates to asset management. He discussed the purpose of PHA and provided a brief overview of the key tools used to analyse process hazards. He also took us through a practical application of hazard analysis to ensure the safe and prolonged operation of assets.

  • Sydney tackles power challenges

    IMG 1195Sydney chapter members enjoyed hearing some detailed insights last night, 17 May, into the application of Asset Management to the power distribution industry during a presentation by Murray Chandler - Ausgrid's Head of Asset Management Strategy, Performance & Innovation.

  • Turning our waste into energy kills two birds with one stone


    The Australian government, through its Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), is to provide $18 million dollars in grant funding to develop Australia’s second energy-from-waste plant, based in Western Australia.

    The facility in East Rockingham is expected to process 300,000 tonees of residual waste from non-recyclable waste, delivering 29MW of baseload electricity capacity. That’s enough to provide power to more than 36,000 homes1.