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.

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.

Examples of small asset renewal projects include renewal of small diameter pipes for water or gas distribution, valve replacements, and electricity pole or electricity distribution wire replacements. In general, these projects account for a great portion of the utility network cost and therefore, a keen interest is taken from leadership concerned with the business’s cashflow.

Asset owners and managers have always looked for ways to balance asset predictability against capital efficiency. In most cases, organisations will seek ways to incorporate both, and some are successful. Most readers would equally understand the success of such stems from numerous measures to support this balance. A conservative budget is one way, but simply cutting the budget is not enough. It won’t work. An overall analysis of asset’s function, maintenance procedures and other underlying practices are necessary.

If you’re working in the utilities sector, let us know your thoughts on balancing asset and capital efficiency, particularly in relation to small asset renewal projects. If you were a delegate and were present during this presentation, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

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1 This post sourced information from: https://www.amcouncil.com.au/AMSPEAK/amspeak_recording.aspx

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