Senior Development Engineer

Cape Town, Western Cape

Senior Development Engineer - Battery / Energy Storage
Cape Town or Johannesburg

Petroplan are recruiting for a Senior Development Engineer with experience in Battery Energy Storage (BESS) to join a major IPP with a huge pipeline of projects across the African continent.

The role can be based out of Cape Town or Johannesburg.

About the role:

  • You will work closely with project / business development team to develop energy projects across Africa.
  • The candidate will work across a range of renewable energy technologies and projects with a focus on energy storage systems primarily in the form of electrochemical storage systems such as lithium-ion batteries (BESS).
  • The development of BESS projects in Africa is in its infancy and this is an exciting opportunity to join an Africa focused IPP in developing and rolling out its BESS strategy.
  • The purpose of the role is to provide expertise to support both standalone and hybrid storage/renewable energy projects.
  • Projects may be at greenfield, part-developed or operations phase. The Senior Development Engineer will provide technical guidance in all project development activities including technology, performance, risks, project optimisation, contract development, tendering, contracting, due diligence, cost estimation and construction monitoring. The role will also be required to manage third party contractors and contracts.
  • The role requires travel extensively across Africa and often to remote greenfield and construction sites.

Main Responsibilities

* Energy storage system sizing and system engineering design
* Working with the business development project teams to manage all technical project inputs
* Manage the optimisation of project sites and technology
* Assessment and mitigation of project risks
* Use of, or leading others in the use of modelling tools such as HOMER and or WAsP, WindPro, PVSyst, CAD and GIS
* Management, interpretation and analysis of data from operational BESS plants, identifying opportunities for optimisation
* Defining and managing modelling simulations related to energy storage projects to determine optimal solutions for both seller and offtaker
* Drafting of energy storage technical specifications and employer's requirements
* Undertake due diligence processes including site visits and assessments
* Selection and management of third-party technical advisors and experts
* Development of accurate cost and yield estimates for use in financial models
* Carry out LCOE type assessments
* Interpretation of project documents (grid codes, PPA, JDA, GSA, MOU, ESIA etc) and incorporation of requirements therein into contractors' documents (primarily Battery Supply Agreements, Balance of Plant contracts or Turnkey EPC, LTSA and O&M Contracts)
* Management of site technical investigations including, inter alia, ground investigations, transport studies, grid integration assessments and other key studies required for the implementation and feasibility of the projects,
* Manage contractor tendering and negotiation processes
* Manage Lender's and Owner's Engineers and the associated relationships, communication and information flow,
* Management of project development and construction schedules
* Participate in planning and selection of resourcing for construction management staff
* Monitoring of project construction, testing and commissioning activities
* Maintaining strong interfaces with all project disciplines including legal, E&S, finance and HR.


* Engineering degree or significant technical training or experience
* Significant experience in the energy industry with high exposure to developing and contracting battery energy storage technologies either as a technical advisor, development engineer, developer, EPC, or OEM
* Understanding of utility-scale battery chemistries and key performance indicators
* Understanding of utility-scale energy storage balance of plant technology
* Knowledge of safety relating to energy storage and technological best practices
* Understanding of utility-scale energy storage use cases
* Understanding of BESS prices, market pressures and optimisation considerations
* Experience in renewable project design and optimisation
* Experienced in developing and negotiating contracts including offtake agreements (e.g., Tolling or PPA), construction contracts, grid connection agreements
* Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of Lender's, Owner's Engineers, Lender's Engineer and contractors
* Proficient in Microsoft Office suite

About Petroplan

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