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Alex Blatchford

Alex Blatchford

Chemical Engineer and Business Unit Leader
Melbourne

Professional Background

Wide experience in process engineering mainly in the area of power generation systems, performance optimisation, gasification, minerals processing, process plant design and modelling and greenhouse emissions.

Areas of Expertise

  • FEED Management;
  • Principal Design Engineer;
  • Assessment of Coal to X Projects and Process Selection;
  • Power Station Performance Assessment and Efficiency Optimisation;
  • Greenhouse Emissions from Power Stations and Statutory Compliance Requirements;
  • Process Modelling using Propriety Programs (eg ASPEN);
  • Capital and Operating Cost Estimation;
  • Conceptual Development of Chemical Processes;
  • Process Optimisation (Including Process Scale-up) and Debottlenecking Studies;
  • Sizing of Vessels and Unit Operations.

Relevant Project Experience

  • Coal to H2 Demonstration Plant | Gasification Plant FEED, Morwell, Vic
    Client: KHI
    Key achievements:
    FEED completed on time and on budget;
    Managed 17 staff;
    Designed gasifier and managed customer relationship.
  • Coal Power Station Design | Dual Gas Power Station FEED, Morwell, Vic
    Client: Dual Gas Pty Ltd
    Role: Gasification Plant Process Design Manager
    Key achievements:
    Management of scale-up of HRL's Integrated Drying Gasification Combined Cycle (IDGCC) Plant to Commercial Scale;
    Management of 10 design staff;
    Design of gasifier and other major systems;
    Provision of guidance on plant design.
  • Generator Efficiency Standards Submissions | Cockburn, Muja, Collie and Kwinana Power
    Stations, WA
    Client: Western Power
    Role: Management of Generator Efficiency Standards Submission to the AGO
    Key achievements:
    All submissions were independently reviewed and accepted by the AGO.

Qualifications

  • BEng, Chemical Engineering

 

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