Michael Wood is a Senior Project Manager, located in our Perth office in Western Australia. He leads a small, dedicated, and well-experienced project team currently working on the Chichester Solar Gas Hybrid Project for Alinta Energy, which connects Fortescue Metals Group and Roy Hill mine sites to a solar array and upgraded gas-fired power generation in Newman.
When asked about his involvement in the Chichester Solar Gas Hybrid Project Michael said, “Myself and the team are responsible for overseeing the activities of the EPC contractor. We support Alinta Energy with on-site surveillance works, quality control, and health and safety, backing that up in the Perth office with a small but strong project controls team managing the administration, governance, cost, schedule, reporting, and contract commercial aspects of the works.
Additionally, we’re facilitating the relationships between all the parties under numerous contractual agreements and helping to ensure everything runs smoothly. This leverages Engenium’s good working relationship with both Fortescue Metals Group and Roy Hill, and its long history working with Tier 1 Contractors.”
“I admire the Directors of Engenium, what they’ve
achieved and their down to earth approach.”
This is Michael’s second tour of duty with Engenium, having worked on the Atlas Iron Ridley Magnetite project back in 2008 when he was fresh out of Rio Tinto.
“I have to say, I like the Directors of Engenium and admire what they’ve achieved and their down to earth approach. They’ve nicely combined engineering with project management, offer a really good service, and have achieved a good level brand reputation within the market. I enjoy working within a great team, the sense of ‘esprit de corps’ of working in a small to medium business, where the owners are very accessible and approachable and everyone has a can-do attitude.”
Michael fell into working on mining projects, coming from civil infrastructure for the local Government and Main Roads originally. One day he was given a chance to join Rio Tinto’s Dampier Salt Limited after convincing his manager that he knew enough about project management to apply it across all sectors.
“I am a keen rally competitor, having contested the
WA Rally Championship for the last five years.”
“My career started with completing a surveying degree, before taking on civil engineering part-time. The most enjoyable part of my career was getting amongst the diesel and dust on sites across Western Australia, with a large component of the work being in the Pilbara – one of my favourite places in the world!”
Working on-site and getting involved in people management started very early on in Michael’s career, becoming a project manager purely by accident. He completed numerous in-service industry training courses on schedule, project economic analysis, contract management, quality systems, and various safety-related courses and in more recent times the Project Management Institute’s PMP Certification.
Outside of work Michael is a keen rally competitor, having contested the WA Rally Championship for the last five years. He also enjoys mountain bike riding in the Perth hills and the great south-west, which culminated in a broken leg in May 2019. Michael is a passionate traveller, with Europe being the destination of choice these days, as well as road trips in a well-prepared four-wheel drive.
“In July 2020 there was a plan to head to Uluru via Ceduna and Coober Pedy but unfortunately that’s been curtailed by the Corona Virus, for now!”
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