THE JRG ENERGY TEAM

Executive & Legal Team

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JOHN GILLILAND

Operations Manager, Geothermal Project Manager

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, accepting a position as Well Services Manager with a geothermal service company and contributed to the success of many different projects within the upstream geothermal sector. These projects include wireline and slickine logging, well intervention scale removal using slickline and capillary tubing, design/ commissioning of anti-scalant systems in geothermal wells, well testing and analysis, and well intervention training. John started JRG Energy in 2013 and has worked in several locations throughout the world including Africa, Mexico, Armenia, Caribbean, New Zealand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the US. 

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PATRICK HANSON

Business Development, Geothermal Project Manager

Patrick has 15 years of marketing, brand management, communications and sales enablement experience, with over 12 years specific to the geothermal industry. Patrick has spent his career helping energy service companies redefine their brand within the energy sector, while positioning and promoting geothermal at every opportunity.  In doing so, Patrick has worked with dozens of energy service companies to implement proven strategic marketing initiatives (brand management, web development, advertising campaigns, market research and social media management, etc.) In addition, Patrick's been a part of developing sales tools that leverage the marketing initiatives to position companies like JRG Energy for success. He has been an integral part of the JRG team since 2015.

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SEBASTIAN SAA

Legal Adviser, Renewable Energy Expert

Sebastián Saá’s practice focuses on Energy and Natural Resources matters, particularly on government contracting, international negotiations, and mergers and acquisitions. He has broad experience in taxes and tax structuring, as well as energy project financing.  Sebastián Saá was a partner in a prestigious Ecuadorian firm, where he led the Energy and Natural Resources area, as well as the New Businesses area.  He handled various local and international clients in oil and gas industry and renewable energy. Sebastian has obtained accreditation in negotiations, and centers much of his practice on handling complex negotiations.  He has also represented diverse public sector energy entities, which has provided him a comprehensive vision of the business. Sebastian holds an LLM from George Washington University and a Graduate Diploma in Energy and Natural Resources from University of Melbourne. Sebastian has been part of the JRG Energy team since 2016.

Geothermal & Water Projects Team

  • JASON FISHER

    Geologist, Geothermal Project Manager

    Jason began his career in mineral exploration (Cu-Au) in the Caribbean before moving to Central America where he worked in the Oil & Gas and Water Industries. His responsibilities included due diligence, geological field work and reporting, environmental assessments, GIS mapping, teaching and training.  He later entered the geothermal industry as a Data Engineer/Logging Geologist and Consultant, gaining experience in geothermal fields in Central America and the USA. In addition, Jason has participated in the United Nations Geothermal Training Programme in El Salvador and has written & published numerous technical and non-technical geothermal articles.

  • 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.

  • TOM ZINK

    Geothermal Project Manager

    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)

Upstream Geothermal Services Team

  • HAMISH FURRELL

    Well Test Engineer / Reservoir Technician

    Hamish is a well engineer and geothermal site leader with 13 years experience. He started his career as a wireline engineer in the Australasian oil and gas markets and later transitioned to Australian based oil and gas operating companies where he worked as a Well Engineer.  Hamish has experience planning and executing upstream drilling and intervention operations as well as extensive experience as a Company Man supervising field intervention operations. Hamish joined JRG is 2020 and holds a BSc in Chemistry and PGDip in Petroleum Engineering from UNSW.

  • ANDREW AUSTIN

    Well Test Engineer / Reservoir Technician

    Andrew has extensive site and office experience within the geothermal industry. He has 31 years of industry experience and 12 years of 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.  

  • KIDANE SHIBESHI

    Wireline and Completions Engineer

    Kidane began his career as a wireline field engineer in the oil and gas industry throughout the Australasian and North American geo-markets. He later moved to New Zealand to pursue his career in the geothermal industry, accepting a position as Wireline Engineering Manager managing a wireline, slickline, and capillary services team, and contributed to the success of many other projects within the upstream geothermal sector. These projects include: wireline and slickine logging, well intervention scale removal. capillary tubing, DTS systems, and more. He joined JRG Energy in 2016 as a well services supervisor on multiple projects across the globe. Kidane holds a ME (Hons) in Chemical and Materials Engineering.

  • DUNCAN KISSICK

    Well Intervention Engineer

    Duncan began his career as an assistant driller in the oil/gas and geothermal industry working on various drilling rigs throughout Australia and New Zealand.  He later started working as a wireline, slickline, and capillary services engineer. He is now working with JRG Energy as a well intervention engineer/Projects engineer on multiple projects across the globe. Duncan has over 14 years of experience with practical, hands-on experience operating upstream equipment. He now resides in Germany and will be a key attribute to any site works or sub-contractor audits.

  • CELAL DASKIN

    Drilling Supervisor

    Celal is a skilled Drilling Supervisor with 13 years of International geothermal drilling experience (Iraq, Georgia, Indonesia, Singapore, Tunisia, Malaysia) in performing Drilling Engineering and Well Site Drilling Supervisor positions. To date, he has supervised and worked on more than 80 wells.  Celal holds a B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and over a dozen drilling certificates such as IWCF Surface BOP Stack Well Control and MODUSPEC Land Rig and Jack-up Rig Inspection Workshop.

  • TONY BERBEN

    Well Intervention Engineer

    Tony began his career as a machinist, designing and manufacturing downhole wireline tools for the geothermal industry. He later joined a well services company as a wireline/slickline supervisor for the geothermal industry. Tony is prolific in wireline/slickline surveys, slickline scale removal, fishing, capillary tubing, coil tubing, wireline plugs/packers and training of all the aforementioned services.

Solar Services Team

  • YARIV EDERY

    Solar Energy Consultant

    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.

  • NAVRATAM KATAYRIA

    Solar Energy Consultant

    Navratan has an abundance of knowledge in both renewables energy engineering markets 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 Master's 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.

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