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Hydro expert joins Aurecon to help secure opportunities in emerging economies

Jimmy Goulding

Jimmy Goulding22 July 2013 - Jimmy Goulding recently joined Aurecon’s Energy Unit in Cape Town as an Electrical Technologist who, together with this team, will enable Aurecon to deliver comprehensive services in hydro throughout Africa.

His key focus will be to support Aurecon's growing involvement in hydropower projects in Africa through his extensive hydro electrical and protection experience.

"Africa has always been seen as a continent of untapped hydro energy potential and this appointment further allows Aurecon to provide an in-depth and comprehensive technical hydropower service to our clients," said Paul Nel, Service Leader for Renewables.

The International Energy Agency has forecast that hydropower could double its global energy contribution by 2050 and that much of this growth will occur in emerging economies.

“There are significant opportunities for hydropower developments in South Africa and in emerging economies across Africa including Angola, Tanzania and Nigeria as well as in Asia, particularly in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam,” said Paul.

“Aurecon's worldwide footprint allows our teams to tap into a wealth of global expertise to support the delivery of localised solutions anywhere in the world,” he added.

About Jimmy Goulding

With nearly 30 years of experience in the energy industry, Jimmy specialises in instrumentation, power system protection relaying, generator, transformer and Medium Voltage (MV) protection and power engineering for fossil fuel, hydro-electric and gas power stations.

Jimmy previously held the role of Generator System Engineering Manager with key client Eskom in South Africa and was responsible for witnessing and signing off on the commissioning of generators and feeders at hydro power stations.

About our hydropower capability

Aurecon's hydropower capability is built on our core skills in geotechnical and civil engineering, water management, tunnelling and hydro mechanical and electrical engineering. We provide full hydropower engineering services and advice at every stage of the project lifecycle.

Aurecon has recently successfully delivered multidisciplinary engineering services for the Kashimbila Hydropower Station in Nigeria and the Bethlehem Hydro Project in South Africa, and is currently assisting with the detailed design for the Otukpo Hydropower Station in Nigeria.

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