One of the world’s leading engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services companies, GHD, is strengthening its reputation as a technical leader in power generation, transmission, strategy and economics.
John O'Brien, GHD's strategic energy advisor, has been appointed by Hon Mark McArdle, Minister for Energy and Water Supply to the PowerQ Electricity Expert Panel in Queensland, Australia. The work of the expert panel will help the Queensland Government implement its plan to deliver a more cost-effective and reliable electricity future.
John has extensive experience delivering strategic engineering services associated with the planning, development and operation of the electricity supply system.
He has recently played a leading role in the delivery of Northern Queensland Sustainable Resource Feasibility Studies funded by the Australian Government, which analysed the feasibility of major agriculture and power generation investment in the region.
John has worked extensively with major energy intensive industries both in Australia and overseas to maximise the value of their electricity and energy utilisation.
"Electricity is fundamental to the lifestyle of every Australian and is a major contributor to our national economic and social wellbeing," John says.
"My work with agriculture, mining, manufacturing and process industries highlights the importance of using our energy wisely and delivering the overall objectives of efficiency, cost effectiveness and value.
"The role of the Electricity Expert Panel is to critically examine emerging challenges and opportunities in the sector. I am very happy to have been selected as a Panel member and look forward to contributing to its important work."