Stephen Thompson is taking on an energy leadership role at Arup, with the aim of building one of the most dynamic energy teams in the Australasia region.
The global engineering consultancy’s energy business has a focus on transformation, market reform, and designing and building future energy infrastructure. Its team across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia is delivering projects such as the $475 million Cultana pumped hydro storage project in partnership with EnergyAustralia in South Australia.
Mr Thomson said Arup was working on the development of four freshwater pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) projects within Australia.
“We are forming the team on the basis of strong growth and our focus of reforming the Australian energy network and growth in the Asian energy market,” Mr Thompson said.
“This includes transformation of energy networks, the growth in storage solutions and renewable energy projects.”
The energy team is delivering the largest volume of transactions in the regional market, including acting as advisors on the sale of Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy, Transgrid and Equis.
Over the past 12 months, the team has doubled in size and is growing strongly. There are now 30 members nationally and the plan is to double again over the following 12 months.
“I am passionate about the energy sector and believe the next 10 years will see fundamental reform and change to the sector driven by technology, financial and policy drivers,” Mr Thompson said.
“Now is the time for the energy sector to innovate and embed resilience into the network.”
Mr Thompson joined Arup in 2016 and has nearly two decades of infrastructure delivery and reform experience working for government, energy companies, investors and advisory firms.
He was previously group manager infrastructure advisory at GHD.
His experience covers gas, renewables, electricity networks, mining and resources, water and waste infrastructure, as well as advisory roles on major transport and urban development infrastructure projects.
Arup global energy leader Ian Gardner said the company was well recognised for its expertise and advice on energy-trend implications for cities.
“Stephen’s background in project development will be a valuable asset to our clients in both the private and public sector looking to challenge what is possible in the energy sector,” he said.
“Stephen is already building a strong team that can localise this expertise to suit the unique requirements of the wider Australasia region.”