Jun 01, 2016

Turbines drive Emma’s career trajectory

Germany, France, Japan and the UK are just some of the countries Emma Smith (pictured) has worked in as a project manager coordinating maintenance, service and warranties for turbines in the power generation sector.

Now she is bringing her experience to the major overhaul under way at CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station near Chinchilla.

Since joining CS Energy in 2015, Ms Smith has been helping her team prepare for the 56-day maintenance shutdown, which commenced on April 8.

As the specialist project manager, Ms Smith leads the CS Energy team that oversees major contractors Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Siemens and Australian Laboratory Services as well as CS Energy employees involved in the works.

Ms Smith has previously managed maintenance and service on gas turbines when she worked for Siemens in Europe and Australia.

Siemens also manufactured the turbine at Kogan Creek Power Station, which is coal-fired and at 750 megawatts is the largest single generating unit in Australia.

“Turbines are like most equipment and machinery; they need regular service and maintenance to keep them operating safely and reliably,” Ms Smith said.

“What appealed to me about joining CS Energy was the opportunity to work on more complex projects.

“The Kogan Creek major overhaul includes both the turbine and the ‘balance of plant’, which is essentially the other major components of the power station such as the boiler.

“I like the pressure and excitement of a project and working with people at different levels of a business. It’s rewarding when everything comes together.”

Ms Smith is originally from Lincoln in the UK and moved to Australia with her husband in 2011.

She holds a business management degree and prior to her roles at CS Energy and Siemens, she worked in BMW UK’s service department.

She is based in CS Energy’s Brisbane office.