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The JRG Energy Team

John Gilliland – Well Intervention Engineer

Well Intervention Technology and Management, Reservoir Management

John began his career as a wireline field engineer with Schlumberger and progressed throughout the North America and Australasia geo-markets. This work included onshore, offshore, deepwater, mineral, and geothermal exploration. He later moved to New Zealand to pursue the geothermal industry. He accepted a position as Well Services Manager in Taupo, NZ with a geothermal service company and contributed to the success of many different projects whithin the upstream geothermal sector. These projects include: wireline and slickine logging, well intervention scale removal using slickline and capillary tubing, design/commisioning of anti-scalant systems in geothermal wells, well testing and analysis, and well intervention training. John has worked in several locations throughout the world including Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Malaysia, and the US. 

Gordon Ullyett – Lead Electrical Engineer

Power Plant Development and Project Planning

Gordon has 30 years of experience in the energy industry worldwide. He has worked on a number of geothermal projects including more recently the Te Huka Binary Plant and Te Mihi Steamfield Power Station. Gordon’s experience within the geothermal industry is vast and his diversity can be seen through involvement in steamfield, power station, transmission and geothermal water treatment projects. Gordon has been involved in successful geothermal projects, including direct heat, from conception and planning through to development and delivery.

Andrew Austin - Well Test Engineer and Reservoir Technician

Field Exploration and Development, Well Testing and Management

Andrew has extensive site and office experience within the geothermal industry. He has 31 years industry experience and 12 years geothermal experience. Having worked for both service companies and power production companies, Andrew has gained a wide range of experience and skills.  These skills include: coordination and supervision of well testing, chemical inhibition system designs, wireline unit engineering, mechanical maintenance and installation, and well services training. Andrew has trained individuals throughout the Philippines, New Zealand, PNG and Australia.  

Thomas Zink – Project Manager

Power Plant Development and Project Planning

Tom is a commercially astute engineer with 29 years experience in project management and project development including working in design office, construction site, plant commissioning and operating environments within the mining, electricity generation, pollution control, and pulp and paper industries in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Canada, and Malaysia. Has successfully developed and/or delivered several large (NZ$ 100m plus) electricity generation projects. Active in all facets of the project lifecycle, from concept and business case development, resource consenting, tendering and contracting, construction and commissioning, through to reporting overall progress up to Board level. Self-employed, trading as Verso Consulting Ltd a New Zealand registered company, providing project development and project management services to industry. Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng – Management), New Zealand Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Project Management Professional (PMP)

Tony Watson – Project Manager

Power Plant Development and Project Planning

Tony has over 30 years experience within the energy industry on gas and geothermal power stations, specialising in commissioning. He has been involved as a commissioning manager on many large geothermal and binary stations, particularly over the past 10 years. Over 15 years of his career has been spent overseas and his wealth of knowledge is evident in his work ethic and dedication to the job. Tony brings both a depth of knowledge and practical, hands-on experience to commissioning projects of all sizes. Commissioning engineer (mechanical) – Te Mihi Steamfield 2Commissioning manager – Wairakei BioreactorContract and Commissioning manager with Alstom Power worldwide.Lead service and commissioning engineer for Combustion Engineering for six years

Milly Bierre – Project Engineer

Steamfield/Power Plant Development and Project Planning

Milly has seven years of experience within the geothermal industry. Her strengths are based around project planning, execution and delivery of a range of geothermal infrastructure. She has been intimately involved with numerous steamfield projects along with power stations and geothermal water treatment systems. With a background in both engineering and management she has a unique perspective of project planning and development within the industry.

Navratan Katariya – Solar Energy Consultant

Solar Consultant and International Renewable Energy Business Manager

Navratan has an abundance of knowledge in both renewables energy engineering market as well as business management and ventures. He is known as an expert in his field by his peers and has cross functional experience of over 27 years in Solar and Wind energy, electrical and IT domains specifically in functions like strategy, marketing, business development & diversification, technology, customer service and quality. Navratan is currently listed as a Solar technology commercial and strategic consultant in renewable energy, corporate training, and creating new businesses for current and existing clients. His tasks include: due diligence, LIE support – contractual, legal, commercial, technical, and enhancing business propositions. He has completed a Masters degree in both Engineering and Business Management. Navratan has worked in many different countries covering an array of disciplines and projects including: Solar pumps, residential solar initiatives, agricultural solar and wind projects, solar telecom towers, PV projects, wind turbine installation, to name a few.

Yariv Edery – Solar Energy Consultant

Solar Feasibility, Design and Project Management

Yariv has 14 years of experience in the solar energy industry, consulting on solar technologies. Gaining office and site experience, Yariv overseen over 6,600m2 of solar panels installations, annually producing 3.2GW of free energy and reducing 814 tonnes of CO2 every year. Yariv’s educational background is in renewable energy sciences, robotics & automation, economics, management and marketing. Through his passion for renewable energy he has kept abreast of technology advances to ensure the creation of smarter and more efficient energy systems that meet the highest environmental construction standards.

Dr. Navratna Mal Nahar – Solar Energy Consultant

Principal Scientist and Head Energy Management

Dr. N. M. Nahar has more than 36 years of research experience on Solar Energy Utilization. He worked as a Principal Scientist at the Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur and holds brilliant academic record. Dr N. M. has a B. Sc and M. Sc. of Physics and a Ph. D. on Solar Energy from the University of Jodhpur. He has been awarded a number of recognition awards including a gold medal by the Vigyan Bal Parishad Jaipur and silver medal for the best academic attainments, awarded Kheti Purashkar for the year 1985-86 by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Outstanding Young Person Award, National Scholarship, CSIR, Junior Research Fellowship, Indo-American Fellowship. Dr N.M. has performed a number of work and academic trips to places such as Germany, France and Switzerland, US, and Spain while developing different types of solar thermal devices, solar energy materials, and passive cooling of building. He was associated in the preparation of feasibility report for Mathania Solar Thermal Power Plant, effect of dust on reflectance mirrors at Mathania, and has established and monitored Solar Observatory at the Plant Site. Dr. N. M. currently has more than 200 publications on various aspects of solar energy

Carsten Brond – Wind Energy Consultant

Wind Energy Expert and Project Manager

Carsten has 24 years of experience within the energy sector worldwide. He started his career as a marine engineer and for the last 9 years, worked in the engineering consultancy business within the wind sector on- and off shore worldwide. Carsten’s experience includes various onsite jobs, organizing sub-contractors and owners technicians during transportation, installation, commissioning, retrofit service, training of personnel, documentation of warranty cases, FAT and SAT testing, site commissioning, involving warranty & quality inspection / tors, transportation quality inspection and survey, site handover certification, offshore wind turbine operational handling with performance, availability and reliability. Carsten has been on a number of projects throughout Europe and speaks multiple languages.

Richard Aoun – Wireline and Completions Engineer

Wireline, Completions, and Renewables Engineer

Richard began his career as a wireline field engineer with Schlumberger and progressed throughout the Asian geo-markets. This work included onshore, offshore, deepwater, mineral, and geothermal exploration. Richard has won various HSE awards and been acknowledged for outstanding service quality by clients and colleagues. In January 2016, he moved to the US to pursue the renewable energy industry. He is currently studying and working in the energy sector, finding sustainable solutions for providing energy throughout all stages of the agricultural value chains. Richard currently holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and is fluent in a number of languages including: Arabic, French, English, Bahasa, and learning Spanish.

Eva Cuendet – Project Manager

Renewable Energy Expert and Project Manager

Eva has 19 years of experience within the energy industry. She was extensive experience working on large scale projects both in the renewable energy sector as well as the oil&gas industry. Eva also has experience in the mining, water, and industrial engineering sectors. Some of the projects Eva has managed include: management of 91 anti-cyclonic wind turbines, design/build/commission of drinking water treatment plants, engineering/installation/commissioning of an offshore oil production facility, consultancy services in coastal planning and environmental preservation, and many more. Eva has experience working throughout the globe including Africa, Australasia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Eva currently has a number of different specialty training certificates as well as a MSc in Environmental and Sustainable development.

Kidane Shibeshi – Wireline and Completions Engineer

Wireline, Completions, and Renewables Engineer

Kidane began his career as a wireline field engineer with Weatherford and progressed throughout the Australasian and North American geo-markets. He was accomplished in both open and cased hole logging and has won various HSE and operational awards. He later moved back to New Zealand where he started to pursue his career in the geothermal industry. He accepted a position as Wireline Engineering Manager in Taupo, NZ with a geothermal service company. His role was managing a wireline, slickline, and capillary services team, and contributed to the success of many other abstract projects within the upstream geothermal sector. These projects include: wireline and slickine logging, well intervention scale removal using slickline and capillary tubing, DTS systems, independent control systems using solar, and more . He is now working with JRG Energy as a wireline engineer on multiple projects across the globe and has also been involved in some “start up” solar operations. Kidane holds a ME (Hons) in Chemical and Materials Engineering. .