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.

Energy from Waste ProjectEnergy from waste (EfW) is an emerging technology that seeks to maximise the value from waste as a resource. It has clear benefits to society, making the world greener through reducing landfill and increasing the effectiveness of the circular economy.

In Victoria’s east, in the Latrobe Valley, the Maryvale Energy from Waste project is on track to complete a state-of-the-art EfW facility that once housed Maryvale Mill. The recent announcement of equity partners, ACCIONA as the construction provider, and commitments from New Zealand and Suez Australia for 150,000 tonnes per annum of commercial and industrial waste1 brought significant cheers to the energy sector. 

The facility will comprise one processing line, providing a commercially efficient waste management solution for councils. It will divert approximately 325,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste and convert it into steam and electricity to replace coal-fired electricity, providing a crucial and viable solution to landfill. The facility itself will require an investment of $500 million, and will create more than 500 jobs in its construction phase. It is expected to commence in late 2021, and be completed in 20252.

The EfW industry works hand-in-hand with recycling processes and has the potential to reduce carbon emissions. By offering base-load generation, it can supplement solar and wind production, thereby providing a crucial link in Australia’s push for a viable renewable energy sector.

If you’re working in the energy sector, make sure you connect with our Power in Asset Management Special Interest Group. You’ll be invited to events that are targeted towards the industry with a focus on asset management and how it builds value for the enterprise.

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1 Sourced: https://www.acciona.com.au/pressroom/news/2020/october/maryvale-energy-from-waste-project-moving-forward/

2 Sourced: https://www.acciona.com.au/pressroom/news/2020/october/maryvale-energy-from-waste-project-moving-forward/

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