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JRG Energy Geothermal Members

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 maintains this position as a contractor.

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 - Reservoir Engineer and Well 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

Gordon has 30 years of

Milly Bierre – Project Engineer

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.

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