Grid Connection Manager - Pumped Storage Hydro

Location London
Job type: Permanent
Contact name: Theodore Briffa

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Job ref: 32459
Published: 10 days ago


Grid Connection (HVDC) Manager Pumped Storage Hydro

Experienced Grid Connection Manager sought by Independent Power Producer to take lead role across two major Pumped Storage Hydro schemes with a combined 1.5GW capacity.

As the Grid Connection Manager, you will play a key role in the power plant design coordination and approval that will be provided by the turbine manufacturers (OEM) design team and ensuring it complies with the grid connection requirements and delivered efficiently in line with the approved project programme and budget. You will act as the focal point for all technical, commercial, and regulatory issues surrounding M&E and grid connection and grid compliance on behalf of the client to successfully achieve commercial operations (COD) for their pumped hydro development portfolio.


-Coordinate and supervise where necessary the design team doing the mechanical and electrical (HV&EHV) plant and connection point throughout the full project lifecycle from feasibility to detailed design.

-Manage and lead Engineering resources mechanical and electrical and third-party consortiums throughout all development stages of pumped hydro storage design and construction in line with local engineering and construction codes and standards.

-Coordinate and collaborate with other Engineering resources across the business to ensure consistency in engineering management practice and knowledge sharing

-Demonstrate commercial and contractual awareness in dealing with clients and external technical partners 

-Engagement with OEM’s on technical characteristics of turbine product offerings

-Manage the associated impact assessments if transmission congestion is raised along with the national grid (NGESO) standalone project progression application. (If required.)

-Main focal point for all communications with IDNOs, DNOs, TOs, ICPs. Manage grid-related tender processes including approving the scopes of work

-Supervise power studies and modelling for the Client’s portfolio of pumped hydro / renewable projects.

-Proactively take preventive measures to avoid any potential project risks and determine response actions to mitigate any negative impact.

-Understanding of electrical plant items operation and controls and associated systems such as power transformers, STATCOM, AIS/GIS switchgear, HVDC and HVAC interconnectors, HV Protection & SCADA Control and monitoring.

-Lead the design of all mechanical & electrical including approval of drawings such as power house arrangement, LV/HV arrangement, substation overall site layouts

-Lead and manage optioneering to select the best substation configuration (voltage levels, installed and firm capacities) as per functional requirements of project.


-Degree level qualification associated with electrical power systems and/or electrical engineering.

-Minimum of 12 yearsexperience in grid specialism.

-Strong knowledge and understanding of current grid code and grid regulations.

-Strong knowledge and experience in working and leading utility-scale power generation connection projects throughout all lifecycles.

-Strong knowledge of local connection procedure and administrative authorisations required to achieve commercial operations.

-Program Management skills in planning and managing budgets, including reducing costs where practical.


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