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David Shoesmith

Principal Consultant 

Professional Background

David has been employed by HRL for over ten years and during that time has been consulted to the power generation industry, government regulatory bodies, and other energy intensive clients in mining and processing industries. David has developed projects addressing issues including greenhouse gas emissions production and abatement, greenhouse and energy auditing, technical and practical details of regulatory programs, industry wide approaches to greenhouse and environmental regulations, and energy efficiency improvements.

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas practical approaches for industry to achieve compliance whilst optimising business outcomes.
  • Process modelling and optimisation for power generation, processing and manufacturing; considering economic, environmental and engineering aspects of the process and attached activities.
  • Fuel consumption/conversion assessment, including projects across industries using biofuels, resource derived fuels, waste product fuels, fossil fuels, alternative energy sources etc.

Relevant Project Experience

  • Greenhouse gas reporting compliance, working closely with a significant number of Australian electricity generators and energy producers with regard to carbon accounting accuracy and business risk: from the facility to the corporate level. Including for Conoco Phillips, Bluewaters Power and Energy Developments Limited.
  • Reasonable Assurance Audits (both mandatory and voluntary), assistance with correction of compliance problems and with reduction of business risk associated with reporting uncertainty, and in house development of greenhouse compliance programs. Including for Clean Energy Regulator (CER), AGL Macquarie and Stanwell Corporation.
  • Review and correction of critical equipment and associated data used for greenhouse and other environmental regulatory reporting, and associated business costs (carbon tax, EPA costs etc. Equipment including belt weighers, coal samplers, gas meters, gas chromatographs. Including for Origin Energy, Energy Developments Limited and Energy Australia.
  • Energy efficiency improvements, energy audits (AS3598:2014), working to identify areas of technical improvement, develop relevant business cases and developing industry guidelines. Including for International Power GDF Suez, AGL Macquarie and Department of Resources Energy and Tourism.
  • Development of Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) projects under the Industrial Electricity and Fuel Efficiency Method. Clients require to be anonymous before participation in the CER's ERF auction process.


  • Bachelor of Engineering (Manufacturing Chemical)
  • Masters of Agriculture 

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member Institute of Engineers Australia (MIEAust) Chemical
  • National Professional Engineers Register (NPER) Chemical
  • Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) Chemical
  • Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) Chemical
  • Registered Greenhouse and Energy Auditor (RGEA)(NGER Cat 1 - Technical)(CFI Category 1 - Technical)
  • Member Environmental Accountants Institute Australia (EAIA)

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Defect Tolerance Assessment (DTA) and Life Assessment of Turbine Rotor

Feb 02 2017
Defect Tolerance Assessment (DTA) I ( Ninh Nguygen) have had and two articles presented at the WTIA and IEAust conferences and publishe...

Effects of Mercury on an Aluminium Heat Exchanger in a Natural Gas Plant

Jan 24 2017
Heat Exchange - Major Failure At 2:43 am on the 1st of January 2004 an explosion and fire was caused by the failure of a cold box manifold.&...

Improving Efficiency in Thermal Power Plants

Jan 18 2017
Plant Performance HRL Technology Group's plant performance team has extensive experience in thermal power plant performance testing an...