Entura engineer named professional engineer of the year

Entura Coober Pedy Hybrid Renewable Project
Coober Pedy Hybrid Renewable Project

An Entura engineer has received the top accolade at the Tasmania Engineering Excellence Awards for his contribution to renewable energy developments over 18 years.

Seth Langford, a leading specialist renewable energy engineer at Entura, has been named Professional Engineer of the Year.

The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) identify, recognise and reward outstanding achievement in the practice of engineering and service to the profession, promoting industry excellence across engineering projects and professionals, and highlighting the significant contribution engineering makes to communities.

Entura managing director Tammy Chu said Seth has made a substantial contribution to the development of renewable energy projects in Tasmania, mainland Australia and throughout the Indo-Pacific.

“Seth’s knowledge and experience place him at the forefront of efforts to transition to a renewables-based energy sector and we’re very proud to have him as part of our team,” Ms Chu said.

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Commenting on the award, Seth Langford said, “It’s a great honour to receive this award, and I’m delighted to be recognised as an advocate for renewable energy. Enabling more renewables not only meets our clients’ needs, but also builds a healthier and more sustainable future for communities through clean, reliable, accessible electricity.

“While this is an individual award, my achievements also reflect the expertise, innovation and professionalism of many colleagues at Entura.”

“Seth has demonstrated exceptional project management capabilities and deep technical and commercial insights,” Ms Chu said. “He finds effective and resourceful solutions to challenging projects, and also brings outstanding personal characteristics of collaboration, negotiation and accountability.”

Seth was instrumental in project-managing the construction of the pioneering Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub–a highly complex world-leading megawatt-scale hybrid renewables system with zero-diesel capability, completed in 2018. The innovations developed in the Flinders Hub project have facilitated further hybrid renewables projects at Coober Pedy and Rottnest Island, and recently in the Agnew Renewable Energy Project.

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Seth is currently project managing the ‘Battery of the Nation’ feasibility study exploring repurposing Tasmania’s ageing Tarraleah hydropower scheme for adaptive use in a new energy market framework to provide capacity to support the integration of variable renewable energy projects. He is also project managing the feasibility studies for new pumped hydro opportunities in Tasmania. These projects are fundamental both to Tasmania’s Renewable Energy Action Plan and to the decarbonisation of Australia’s National Electricity Market.

As the divisional winner of the Professional Engineer of the Year award, Seth will automatically progress to consideration for the national Engineer of the Year award, which will be announced later this year.

Entura has been well represented at the awards in previous years, with a number of individuals and projects reaching the finals or winning awards, including winning the Professional Engineer of the Year (Donald Vaughan) and Young Professional Engineer of the Year (Lyndon Johnson) in 2018.