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Upstream Integration Advisory and Support

Upstream Integration Advisory and Support

Origin Energy is Australia’s largest energy retailer, with approximately 4.3 million customers with electricity, natural gas and LPG. The Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) Project is a coal seam gas to liquefied natural gas, to deliver a cleaner, greener sustainable energy source. The APLNG Upstream project was encountering technical integration issues for plant & equipment, and multi-disciplinary issues that arise from sub-projects during design, construction and commissioning.

Nova Systems was engaged to develop a common understanding of the integration need, and then to provide a plan and toolset to start to manage the integration risk. The Nova Systems integration Process Model provided a basis for assessing the integration risk and filling gaps on the development project. The Systems Engineering specialists conducted a gap analysis which included an integral risk assessment. The risk assessment was to be used to confirm and address the main risks first, as well as inform the client of the risk they face. Following the first recommendation, Nova Systems developed an Integration Strategy for the project with the integration objective being to effectively manage the staged connection of assets and services to ramp-up gas production and yield the APLNG production capability, with an acceptable level of risk.

The Integration Strategy provided the desired understanding of integration, identifying the approach to integration stages, as well as roles and responsibilities; using the existing Interface Management function as a building block. As integration was also firmly tied in to the established project development life-cycle, Nova Systems developed an Integration Management Plan, providing the “how to” solution. This clearly highlighted the staged-integration approach, and further detailed roles & responsibilities. As the project was well underway, not all of the Nova Systems recommendations could be implemented.

This highlights the need for integration to be addressed up front in order to provide maximal value.

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Bret Barton

Head Progressive Businesses

The Progressive Businesses division of Nova Group amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both establish...

The Progressive Businesses division of Nova Group amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both established engineering professional services and emerging global technologies.

Bret is responsible for the growth and governance of the businesses and programs which form the Progressive Business division.  These include the:

  • Nova Singapore Business (Commercial and Defence);
  • Nova New Zealand Business (Commercial and Defence);
  • Australian Transport Program (rail and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, ports); and
  • Australian Energy and Resources Program (oil, gas, mining, power, water, utilities).

Bret is a member of Nova’s Executive Leadership Team and has been a Manager with Nova for 12 years. Bret served 20 years in the Canadian Air Force and supported major test programs for the United States and Australian Air Forces.

Bret is an Engineering Executive with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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Tim Anderson

Program Manager - Energy & Resources

Tim is responsible for program management of the Energy & Resources Program in the power, water, oil and gas ...

Tim is responsible for program management of the Energy & Resources Program in the power, water, oil and gas and mining sectors. In these sectors, Tim leads our client relationships, client solutions delivery,  client-led innovation and sector strategies. Tim has 30 years experience, working with clients in energy, resources, utilities and engineering sectors.

 

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Nick Kemp

Chief Capability Officer

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising...

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising staff competencies, Intellectual Property, innovation and training. In this capacity, Nick works across the Australia and New Zealand business and is responsible for implementing Nova’s global capability framework.  Nick is an accomplished business leader with over 30 years’ experience across the defence, rail, utilities, medical device and civil aerospace sectors.

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