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Werner Pieterse

Experienced Energy Professional Last Updated: October 25, 2018 (11 months ago)
Toronto, Canada
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An experienced and results-driven senior Energy Professional with substantial success in directing the delivery of multimillion-dollar Independent Power Producers (IPP) developments projects and other large scale strategic and complex projects. Experience includes project management of the Gas Independent Power Producers Procurement Program, the largest project financing project in the history of South Africa and other renewable energy and Coal IPP Programs.  Most recently served as project advisor to two German developers on new renewable, gas and hydrogen infrastructure developments in South Africa conducting, inter alia, market analysis and market intelligence studies.   Combines inspiring leadership, influencing skills and advanced stakeholder engagement capabilities. Cultivates trusted relationships with diverse stakeholders, leads cross-functional teams to success, and thrives on responsibility and challenge.


University of Pretoria PhD in Renewable Energy Finance (IN PROGRESS)
Jan 2015 — Current
University of Pretoria Masters in Engineering Management
Jan 2012 — Dec 2013
University of Pretoria Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering
Jan 2003 — Dec 2006


Self Employed Energy and Project Advisor, Johannesburg, South Africa
Mar 2018 — Sep 2018
Advising European Developers on developments in South Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa (predominantly Wind Energy, Gas and Power to Gas (Hydrogen)). The focus was on new infrastructure development projects in new jurisdictions, by doing market intelligence studies and assistance with strategic business strategies, with a strong focus on feasibility analyses.
Department of Energy (DoE), Independent Power Producers Office (IPPO), Centurion, South Africa IPP Development Project Manager
May 2015 — Feb 2018
Served as Project Manager on the South African Government’s Gas Independent Power Producers Procurement Program (the Gas Program). The Gas Program has been launched to achieve the current objective of up to 3000 MW of capacity from gas-fired power generation facilities, in the largest Project Financing Project in the history of South Africa, predominantly through the importation of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). This makes the Gas Program one of the most complex projects in the IPPO, and it is a strategic enabler to unlock future natural gas opportunities in South Africa and neighbouring jurisdictions. Duties on the Gas Program included, inter alia:
● Development of Financial Models to determine a tariff cap for electricity from LNG. This included extensive analyses of international LNG procurement strategies, hedging strategies (foreign exchange and commodity risk) and capital and operational expense analyses.
● Compilation, review and finalisation of Procurement Documentation with Transaction Advisors (Vendor Resources) and IPPO Executives (Request for Information (RFI), Request for Qualification (RFQ), and Request for Proposal (RFP)). This required a consultative analysis process with Government Stakeholders and the market to incorporate current business models in LNG procurement, pricing and trading, Gas Regulation and other commercial aspects into the Gas Program.
● Served as a Project Manager for the Information Memorandum of the Gas Program (obtainable:
● Applied for, obtained approval, and managed a budget of US$22M for the Gas Program.
● Facilitated decision making processes by analyzing Gas Request for Information (RFI) responses from the market and compilation of feedback reports and presentations.
● Continuous and extensive interaction with IPPO Executives to report on Gas Program progress and also for decision making purposes.
● Engaged and maintained strong relationships with Government and external stakeholders as required, including The Energy Regulator (NERSA), Treasury, The Power Utility and National System Operator (ESKOM), The Ports Authority (TNPA), and Industrial Development Zones (IDZs; Ngqura, Richards Bay, Saldanha).
● Ensured Gas Program alignment with Government policies in partnership with Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) teams.
● Shortlisted, interviewed, recruited and managed technical, financial, economic development, legal, commercial and other Transaction Advisors (Vendor Resources) to provide input and develop procurement documentation. The resources of the Transaction Advisors were on senior level.
Other ad-hoc duties at the IPPO included, inter alia:
● Part of the team that analysed and assimilated complex and sensitive input data for the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 modelling. The IRP 2018 guides South Africa’s long-term energy strategy and investment priorities up to 2030.
● Assisted in renegotiation of Economic Development requirements with IPPs of Bid Window 4 prior to Financial Close.
Project Management specific duties included, inter alia:
● Assisted the Project Management Office (PMO) with developing new methodologies and procedures. Used these methodologies and procedures to effectively manage and control the Gas Program with proper Quality Assurance (QA).
● Project Managed the Gas Program and enforced change management procedures on any deviations to project scope, project timelines and cost changes.
● Developed a project implementation plan and followed the plan according to Project Management methodologies and best practices.
● Developed Terms of References (ToR) / State of Work for the shortlisting and appointment of Transaction Advisors (Vendor Resources).
Plant Design and Project Services (Pty) Limited, Secunda, South Africa Project Manager
Mar 2014 — Aug 2014
As Project Manager, I acted as a principal contractor on the replacement of major distillation equipment at the Sasol Synfuels Refining Section. This position entailed project management activities, from vendor appointments, and project plan development through to execution. I managed all the staff, including the Construction Manager, Supervisors, and Artisans, as well as sub-contractors. We achieved all project related objectives, including completion within budget, schedule, with no quality deviations or any safety incidents.
Oryx GTL Limited, Doha, Qatar Senior Project Manager/Engineer
Jan 2014 — Feb 2014
As Senior Project Engineer, I developed front end engineering design, detailed engineering design and gate readiness for a Liquid Fuel line replacement project valued at US$12M and an Air Separation Unit project valued at US$15M. I also prepared the capital application (Business Case) and attained fund approval for both projects.
Sasol Synfuels (Pty) Ltd., Secunda, South Africa Mechanical Maintenance Area Manager, Oxygen Plants
Jan 2007 — Dec 2013
As Mechanical Maintenance Area Manager, I oversaw mechanical maintenance at Oxygen Plants and served as project manager of major general overhauls and shutdowns, front end loading, planning and execution of all relevant disciplines, and managed 400+ contractors during these periods. I implemented risk mitigation strategies, which included extensive application of Management of Change (MOC) procedures, Potential Deviation Analyses (PDA) and Pre Start-up Safety Reviews (PSSRs). I oversaw 30 personnel. My annual budget was US$17M. Advanced large facility Operational acumen was required for this position. Prior to this position, I was appointed as an Engineer in Training and after successful completion of the training, I was appointed as Mechanical Engineer where I provided operational and engineering support to the Petrochemical facility.
Duraset, a Division of Aveng Africa Ltd. Engineer in Training
Jan 2007 — Dec 2007


Financial Modelling and Business Case Development, Excellent Communication Skills, Infrastructure Investment (new IPPs)/Project Financing, Financial Management / Budget Management, Energy and Market Analyses, Resource and Vendor Management, Capital Project Development, Stakeholder Management (Extensive), Governmental Energy Policy Implementation  , Advanced Decisions Making, Techno-Economic Studies and Modelling/Analyses, Excellent Leadership and Influencing, Strategy Formulation, Project Management, Procurement Documentation Development (RFIs, RFQs, RFPs), Renewable Energy/Gas to Power/Power to Gas

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