Annual Power Engineering Exchange (APEX) SUMMIT 2014

The Programme - Programme

About the Presenters - The Presenters


Kelsey Keenan, Meridian

Kelsey graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Second Class Honours in April 2014, was a summer student with Meridian Energy and started in their graduate programme earlier in 2014. She has been involved in the decommissioning and removal of redundant equipment at the Benmore Hydro station and local service supply reviews for the Waitaki Valley stations. The main focus of her work at present is the electrical side of the Waitaki Unit 3 Refurbishment project.

Reinstatement of Unit3 at Waitaki Hydro Power Station

Waitaki Dam was built in the 1920s and has seven 15MW machines which were all installed by 1954. In 1998 Unit 3 was forced out of service as the governor was unable to control the wicket gates; this was the latest in a string of issues since the unit was overhauled in 1995 and a decision was made to decommission the unit. The purpose of this project is to reinstate Unit 3 to improve the redundancy of supply at Waitaki, at the same time a full site refurbishment project is being undertaken. While Unit 3 was decommissioned it was utilised for spare parts and was not upgraded with the other machines, therefore replacing and redesigning for missing or obsolete equipment has been a large component of the electrical work. The unit itself has required a large amount of mechanical work ranging from repairs, to the complete manufacture of new components. The interesting aspect of Unit 3 is that the commissioning process will be similar to that for a completely new unit, with the added complexity of retesting old equipment and pre-existing installations. Reinstating this machine after 16 years is a complex project with many interesting challenges to be overcome.


 Jess Baird                       

 Mobile Substation Site Make Ready for Deployment

 Shaun Blyde

 Installation of Schneider 22kV Switchboard at a Vector Zone Substation

  Sophie Brathwaite

 Water Power

 Renella Carneiro

 Transformer Management System

 Hasmita Chhima

 Management of Change

 Harriet Rose Follas

 Cook Islands and Tuvalu Renewable Energy Programmes

 Astad Kapadia

 3-Phase Vector Groupings, Zigzag Transformers as it applies to the Auckland CBD

 Kelsey Keenan

 Reinstatement of Unit 3 at Waitaki Hydro Power Station

 Maulik Patel

 Transpowers-33 kV Outdoor Switchyards-End Economic Life

 Todd Peckett

 SCADA Migration

 Thomas Richardson

 Autosynch – Restoring the National Grid after a Major Disruption

 Yanosh Irani

 High Voltage Testing with Partial Core Resonant Transformer

 Abhishek Singh

 Power Quality Data

 Mohit Phadnis

 SICAM CMIC – Smart Grid RTU

 Monish Krishna/Edwin Leong

  AC & DC Equipment Replacement at 9 Duncan Terrace substation

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