Wendy McPate

Data in Asset ManagementChair Asset Management Manager
Origin Energy

Wendy McPate FIEAust CPEng EngExec RPEQ BEng (Elec)

Wendy McPate has 20 years' experience across multiple sectors in both Australia and the United Kingdom; commencing her career in mining, resource, sugar, petrochemical and transitioning to the utility and energy sectors. She has a proven history of success in delivering outcomes and improvements in Asset Management, Project and technical Risk Management, engineering and maintenance. Her experience working as both a client and a consultant enables her to understand their respective influences and commercial drivers.

Wendy is currently the Asset Management Manager at Origin Energy for the Power Generation Business Unit which covers Gas, Coal and Hydro Generation assets geographically dispersed across Australia.

Wendy has the Engineers Australia credentials of Professional Engineer Fellow, Engineering Executive, Chartered Engineer, Registered Engineer of Queensland and is on the National Engineering Register. Wendy has a Bachelor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, an Associate Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Distinction) and a Graduate Certificate in Asset Management.

interconnectCritical infrastructure is the link that binds us together. It is our infrastructure that protects communities from hazards, provides essential services such as energy and water, and it connects us to each other through transport and communication assets1.

Critical infrastructure projects, therefore, are increasingly important on both a local and global scale. The complexity and interdependence of any infrastructure asset places them under pressure from threats such as climate change, pandemics and cyber-attacks. The failure of all, or any, of these assets would result in a negative impact to the social and economic wellbeing of the community. Building resilience in our infrastructure assets is a high priority.

In September, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the fast-tracking of critical infrastructure assets in the energy sector: the Marinus Link, Project Energy Connect Interconnector, and Victoria to New South Wales Interconnector (VNI). These projects will create more than 5000 jobs, keep the electricity grid reliable and resilient, and reduce prices for consumers2. Security and better integration techniques for the varied energy generation sources remain a priority given the need to increase resilience.

Society has never been better placed for energy generation options. From solar to wind, hydro to gas, the last of brown coal and a potential future option of nuclear, make reliability and resilience a key focus. The interconnectors therefore have the capacity to build resilience in the energy sector from generation to end-user.



1 Sourced: https://www.resilienceshift.org/work-with-us/faqs/

2 Info in this para sourced: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/national-energy-address-tomago-nsw

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