Turner & Townsend appoints project management expert to spearhead New Zealand expansion
Turner & Townsend, a global construction and programme management consultancy, has appointed Ross Dunkerley to the position of Director in order to significantly expand the company’s presence in New Zealand.
Ross Dunkerley has relocated from Turner & Townsend’s Johannesburg office to front the new role, bringing with him more than 25 years’ experience of delivering multi-million pound projects across Africa and the UK for both government and major private businesses.
Anooj Oodit, Managing Director at Turner & Townsend in Australia & New Zealand, said: “Ross Dunkerley’s appointment will help us strengthen an already world-class team and further cement our position as the number one independent project and programme management consultancy in the region.
“His move is timely and coincides with the company’s plans to significantly expand its footprint across New Zealand. The country is a mature market which could benefit from both our local market knowledge and expertise with clients across the globe in infrastructure, property and natural resources.
“Several of our major corporate global clients already work in New Zealand. It was a natural progression for Turner & Townsend to expand the business locally and service these clients.”
Ross Dunkerley, Director at Turner & Townsend, said: “I have worked for the company over the past ten years and as head of its African property division, helping significantly expand its presence across Africa and setting up offices in a number of countries.
“During these years I played a major role in leading high-profile capital expenditure projects including King Shaka International Airport in Durban, the University of Johannesburg Soweto campus, Gautrain expansion project in Johannesburg, property consolidation for Barclays Bank and refurbishment of the Karavia Hotel in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Turner & Townsend is already a formidable player in the international arena. I’m looking forward to working with the Asia Pacific team to significantly expand the company’s business in New Zealand.”
Masdar, PT PLN begin work on floating PV solar project
UAE-based renewable energy company Masdar, in partnership with PT PLN, an organisation specialising in electrical power and owned by the Indonesian government, has announced today it has started work on a floating photovoltaic (PV) solar project in West Java. The company says the 145MW plant is the first of its kind in the country. The project, which will be constructed on the Cirata reservoir in West Java, was financed by the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Societe Generale, and Standard Chartered Bank.
Developing the project is PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Masdar Solar Energi (PMSE), a joint venture between Masdar and PT PLN subsidiary PT PJBI. Bahlil Lahadalia, Minister of Investment for the Republic of Indonesia and chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, said: “This is a flagship project of the UAE’s investment in Indonesia, and most importantly, it is in line with the Indonesian Government’s target to increase renewable energy by 23% by 2025.”
Ladhadalia added: “The Ministry of Investment fully supports the investment realisation of the Cirata Floating Solar Project by PT PJBI and Masdar.” The plant is said to be the largest in south-east Asia, and one of the biggest in the world. Around 800 jobs will be created during its construction phase.
During the project’s development, Masdar has conducted several social initiatives to raise awareness of sustainability and strengthen the engagement of the local community. Talking about the partnership with Masdar, Amir Faisal, president director of PJBI, said: “We see tremendous potential for similar projects in Indonesia and we look forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration with Masdar to work on more renewable energy projects and help our nation achieve its clean energy objectives.
“This floating power project is a first for Indonesia and is also a significant step in PJBI’s renewable energy journey,” he added.
Facts about solar energy
- Solar power is the most abundant energy source on earth: There’s enough solar energy reaching the earth every hour to meet all of humanity’s power needs for a whole year.
- The cost of solar panels has fallen by 99% since 1977: The price per watt for a single solar cell in 1977 was US$77. Today that same cell costs Us$0.21 per watt US$0.39 per watt for an assembled module, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
- China is the global leader in solar energy: Whilst solar power is increasing in popularity in the US, China is currently the country with the biggest uptake. Research conducted by GTM in 2017 predicted that the US would install 12.4GW of solar power during that year. China, on the other hand, installed 24.4GW of power in the first half of 2017 alone.